Slips trips and falls.
It’s never too late to improve your balance and reduce your chances of a trip. Here are some tips to avoid falling in the
Keep moving If you sit for long periods of the day, your circulation can slow down and you might find your joints feel stiffer than usual. This can put you at risk of a fall when you stand up. If you have been sitting for longer than 20-30 minutes, think about getting up and moving about. Try these simple seated activities to loosen up in the morning before you start your day:
Toe and heel taps – five times each foot
Straighten knees one at a time – five times each leg
Gently march your knees up and down for ten to 15 seconds before you stand
Shuffle up to the front third of your chair and push up through your legs to standing; gently stretch your back and neck by standing as tall as you can.
How to avoid a fall at home
Organise your home to keep climbing, stretching and bending to a minimum and to avoid bumping into furniture
In the kitchen, move crockery and heavier items that you use regularly to a waist-high shelf
Mop up spillages straight away so there is no risk of slipping
Take care when getting up in the night to go to the bathroom. Have a lamp with a switch nearby to light your way. Use high-wattage light bulbs
Remove trip hazards like clutter, trailing wires, frayed carpet and remove rugs
Use non-slip mats, or put a carpet grip underneath
Use a grip mat in the bath and shower, and if you have them, grab rails for getting in and out
Avoid long, trailing clothes that might trip you up. Tack up a hem or put a belt around your waist and pull the excess material over the belt
Wear well-fitting slippers and shoes in good condition that support the ankle and have a good grip. Avoid walking on slippery floors in socks or tights.
If you should fall, lie still for a minute, stay calm and check for injuries. If you are unhurt and think you can get up there are some steps you can take.
Taken from the CSP website with permission