Your doctor may decide to change or wean you off of prescriptions that affect you in negative ways.

  • Make you nauseous
  • Affect your equilibrium and balance
  • Cause sleepiness or fogginess

If you begin experiencing symptoms such as dizziness, muscle weakness, joint pain, or numbness when walking, see your doctor for an assessment. These symptoms may increase the risk of falling.

Creating a Safer Environment

You can reduce the risk of falling by eliminating hazards in the environment. Most know that picking up loose items from the floor can keep people from tripping over them, but these elderly slip and fall prevention tips take it a little farther.

  • Ensure there is sufficient lighting. Install more lights if need be, and increase the wattage of the bulbs to improve the lighting, up to manufacturer recommendations.
  • Remove any obstacles that may pose a threat. There should be no boxes, electrical cords, or chairs in the way. All the pathways should be clear. Also remove any coffee tables, end tables, and plant stands that pose a tripping hazard.
  • Make sure there are no loose rugs, carpeting, or floorboards. Either repair or remove them.
  • Always wear good, sturdy shoes with a sole that grips. Going barefoot and wearing slippers might cause you to slip and fall.
  • Put non-skid mats in the bathtub, directly outside of the bathtub, and in front of the kitchen sink.
  • Make sure the stairways are well lit, in good repair, and have handrails.
  • Install assistive devices such as armrests around the toilet and grip bars in the shower. Likewise, a shower seat and handheld shower nozzle can allow older adults to shower safely while seated.

Improving Fitness for Fall Prevention

Exercise can help prevent falls in older adults because it can improve their balance, flexibility, and strength. Plus, regular strength training exercise can slow bone loss and help defend against fractures, according to the NSC.

Older adults should get their doctor’s approval before beginning an exercise program. Once cleared, you can begin a walking program or see a certified fitness professional who specializes in senior fitness to help you get started. You may be able to find senior citizen group fitness classes at a local gym or senior center. Popular exercise options for older adults are listed below.

  • Silver Sneakers
  • Water aerobics
  • Tai chi
  • Low impact aerobics
  • Seated yoga

Call an Attorney for Counsel after a Slip and Fall Accident

You can take these elderly slip and fall prevention tips in your own home, but in some cases another party’s negligence leads to an accident. If your loved one was seriously hurt in fall accident on another party’s premises, contact an attorney to discuss the legal options.

For help in Peachtree City or the surrounding areas, call attorney Jason Schultz for a consultation. Contact us today at 404-474-0804 to schedule your free case evaluation.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.