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Falls are one of the most common accidents amongst older people and can affect one’s lifestyle and independence. Contrary to popular belief, falls are not inevitable and many older people can be prevented from falling. Below are some simple tips on how to improve the safety of your home, both inside and out, to help prevent falls. A safer home can help you maintain an independent lifestyle.
Regular exercise - Exercise to improve your balance, strength and flexibility. Home or group exercises (like Tai Chi) are good examples. Your Physiotherapist can also advise you on specific exercises and walking aids.
Well managed medications - Review your medications regularly with your Doctor or Advantage Pharmacist and ask about side effects of the medications you are taking. This is especially important if you are taking four or more different medicines, starting a new medicine or if you are changing the dose of your medicine. Here are some medicines which may be associated with an increased risk of falls:
You may like to consider having your tablets conveniently packed by your Advantage Pharmacist in a Dose Administration Aid (such as a Webster or Medicopack) so wont need to worry about ensuring your taking the right medications, at the right times.
Try to visit your Podiatrist regularly to minimise any foot problems. Your Podiatrist can advise you on safe footwear that is comfortable and well fitting.
A high alcohol intake may increase your risk of falling. Try to limit your alcohol intake no more than 2 standard drinks on any day. Additionally, try to have several alcohol-free days.