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About the toolkit:
This is a free fall prevention program. This toolkit has information and advice for everyone. It is useful for people who are fit and active as well as people who have mobility problems or are worried about falling. This toolkit will cover the top 4 risk factors for falling and steps you can take to improve in each area.
The most effective strategy to prevent falling involves taking action to:
1) Improve your strength, balance, and mobility
2) Identify vision problems
3) Assess your medicines
4) Make your home safer
Questions can be directed to either:
Dickinson County Health Department or EMS
Health Department: 785-263-4179
1001 N Brady
Abilene, KS 67410
4 things YOU can do to prevent falls
Begin a regular exercise programExercise is one of the most important ways to lower your chances of falling. It makes you stronger and helps you feel better. Exercises that improve balance and coordination are the most helpful. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling. Ask your doctor or health care provider about the best type of exercise program for you.
Have your health care provider review your medicines
Have your doctor or pharmacist review all the medicines you take, even over-the-counter medicines. As you get older, the way medicines work in your body can change. Some medicines, or combinations of medicines, can make you sleepy or dizzy and can cause you to fall.
Have your vision checkedHave your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition like glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.
Make your home saferAbout half of all falls happen at home. To make your home safer:
- Remove things you can trip over (like papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
- Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
- Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
- Have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.
- Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
- Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Hang light-weight curtains or shades to reduce glare.
- Have handrails and lights put in on all staircases.
- Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.