November is Fall Prevention Month! With the change in weather, it’s the perfect time to familiarize yourself with the dangers of falls, what to do if you or someone you know has had a nasty fall, and what you can do to prevent them. Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among Canadian older adults? Falls can happen anywhere and so it is important to take preventative measures.
Here are some tips on how to prevent falls:
- Clean up spills and wet surfaces immediately.
- Install grab bars near toilets, bathtubs and even near your bed to ensure you have a support when getting out of your bed. Ensure they are steady and well anchored! Check out Nightingales’ line of railing and poles here.
- Non-slip mats are a great addition to bathrooms and kitchens to ensure that even if there is a spill, the risk of falling is significantly reduced.
- A great way to ensure you don’t slip is by wearing non-slip socks with special friction pads to allow you to grip the floors better. Try Terries Pillow Paws and feel the difference!
- Wires are a big tripping hazard, ensure wires are rolled up and safely put away.
- Eat well-balanced meals and do not skip meals, as skipping meals can make the body susceptible to bouts of dizziness and weakness.
- Wearing hip protectors can reduce the chance of hip fractures by more than 50%. Check out Nightingale Medical’s range of hip protectors here and pick the one best for you.
If you are near someone who has fallen down and they are able to get up, follow these 4 steps to help them. If they are not in a condition to get up, that is, they are unconscious; call for help immediately.
Step 1: Bring a chair close by. Help the person turn onto one side and bend the upper leg, to help the individual into a semi-seated position.
Step 2: Place yourself behind the fallen individual and get a firm grip on their hips. Help them onto a kneeling position with both hands on a chair.
Step 3: Holding on to the chair, the individual should then place the stronger leg in front.
Step 4: With a good grip on the individual’s hips, help them to stand up and then turn and sit on the chair.
Learn more about what to do after a fall here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/health-promotion/aging-seniors/publications/publications-general-public/what-after-a-fall-poster.html