Balancing Act

Practical things YOU can DO to Create a No Fall Zone

#1 Shoes

  • Choose low heels, rubber or non-skid soles that tie or close with Velcro®.
  • Check for wear and tear. Shoes with wear patterns or loose parts are
  • dangerous! If your shoes are worn... it is time to go shopping.
  • Wear them! Walking in socks, hosiery or slippers is risky.

#2 Feet

  • Pay attention to loss of sensation, numbness or tingling. Not only can these be symptoms of more serious problems, but greatly increases your
  • risk of falling.
  • Check feet for sores, bruises or discoloration - (use a mirror to see the bottom).
  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor if concerned.

#3 Pets

  • Walk your pet in familiar areas with level ground.
  • Place water, food bowls and toys out of paths and walkways.
  • Attach a bell to your pet’s collar so you are aware when they are nearby.

#4 Ears

  • Schedule regular hearing exams.
  • Your ears play an often overlooked but important role in your balance.
  • Schedule cleanings. Clearly hearing what is happening around you can alert you to dangers (animals, people, cars, etc.)

#5 Medication

  • Ask your Health Coach or doctor if any of your meds (or combination of meds) can cause dizziness. Something as simple as a med change increases your risk of falls

#6 Slow Down

  • Take your time getting up after lying down or resting (from bed or chair). Rising too quickly may cause you to feel dizzy.
  • Consider using a bedside commode or wearing protective undergarments if you often rush to the bathroom to avoid having an accident.

#7 Stop

  • Ask for help if you feel dizzy. Do not try to get up by yourself. If you are often dizzy, talk to your Health Coach or doctor.

#8 Eyes

  • Turn lights on... use a night light or flashlight. As we get older our eyes do not adjust as quickly to changes in lighting. Don’t get stuck in the dark!

# 9 Glasses

  • Clean them often. You can’t avoid what you can’t see!
  • Wear reading glasses when reading.
  • Remove reading glasses when walking or climbing stairs.
  • Schedule eye exams regularly so your prescription stays current.

#10 Work Smarter

  • Use your walker, cane, or other assistive device as prescribed both outside and inside your home. Keep them in good working order.
  • Follow the Home Safe Home (orange handout).
  • Conserve your energy. Find out how in the Work Smarter... Not Harder (yellow handout).

30-Day Hospitalization Rate 6.7%.
64% lower than the national average.