Summer is just around the corner. Are you ready to get outside and enjoy the weather? If not, now is the time to get up and get moving. But first, ask yourself the following questions:
- Have you fallen before or been injured because of a fall?
- Do you feel weaker than you used to or do you have less strength in your arms and legs?
- Have you stopped doing daily activities or avoided exercise because you’re afraid of falling?
- Do you experience incontinence?
- Has your hand strength decreased?
- Has your eyesight diminished?
- Do you feel dizzy when you stand up?
- Do you have foot ulcers, bunions, hammertoes, or calluses that hurt and cause you to adjust your steps?
- Do you feel unsteady on your feet or shuffle when you walk?
If the answer is yes, you might be at risk for a fall. Don’t let a fall get you down this summer and prevent you from enjoying the summer season! The outdoors may present you with new obstacles to maneuver. Please be careful when walking on wet grass, uneven surfaces, and while navigating new territory.
Environmental Factors that Contribute to a fall:
- Poor foot wear
- Clutter where you walk
- Obstacles on the floor
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate walking devices
- Unsafe steps or walking surfaces
- Moveable objects on wheels
- Unfamiliar settings
- Lack of railings or grab bars
Individual factors that can lead to a fall:
- Decreased strength and flexibility
- Cognitive or memory issues
- Gait disturbances
- Medical conditions
How to Prevent Falls
Take Care of Yourself!
- Know your medications
- Check your vision and hearing regularly
- Make sure you have shoes that fit properly
- Exercise regularly
- Install grab bars, nonskid mats, and use a bath bench
- Watch doorways, rugs, and clutter
- Rearrange furniture
- Keep your house well lit
- Store items on low shelves
- Use cane or walker as needed
Tips to stay safe in the sun
- Stay hydrated
- Stay cool
- Protect your eyes
- Wear a hat
- Wear sunscreen
- Exercise Smart
- Know who to call
How Can Therapy Help?
Therapy can help you get moving whether it be from a wheelchair or walking!
- Balance Assessments
- Gait Training
- Exercise Programs
- Walking Devices
- Wheelchair Mobility
- Environmental Modifications
- Activities of Daily Living
For more information please contact your therapy department.
Red Oak Center for Fitness and Rehabilitation 715.386.4528
Osceola Campus 715-294-1116