around your home safely can be a challenge if you have injuries or health
problems that make it easy for you to fall. Many health problems can increase
your risk of falling-poor eyesight, balance problems caused by disease like
stroke or Parkinson's disease, side effects of medicines, weakness or pain in
the legs and feet, and confusion or dementia.
For people with
these conditions, common things like loose rugs, poor lighting, and household
clutter can become a big safety issue. But there are easy things you can do to
make your home a lot safer.
Talk with your doctor
If you have questions about this information, take it with you when you
visit your doctor. You may want to mark areas or make notes in the margins
where you have questions.
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You can make some
simple changes in your home and in the way you do some daily activities to
reduce your risk of falling.
To prevent falls around your home:
To reduce the chance of a fall during your daily activities:
Many falls occur during bathing. To prevent falls in the bathroom:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineElizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
Current as ofMay 4, 2017
Current as of:
May 4, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
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Last modified on: 8 September 2017