Falls are the number-one reason why senior citizens are hospitalized each year, with 29 million falls occurring in 2014 alone. Of those, the CDC found that 47,000 involved the use of a walker, rollator or cane. That’s why it’s so important to be sure you’re using your walking aid properly. Today, Choice Health Management is going to give you some tips on how to avoid a fall when using mobility aid:
- Make sure that it’s the proper height. No matter which device you’re using, your arms shouldn’t be bent or raised in an uncomfortable way.
- Place the device in front of you and step into it. This is true of both a cane and a walker, and it shouldn’t be placed so far in front that you have trouble stepping into it.
- Use proper posture. If you are hunched or slouched over, this will make it easier for you to sustain a fall while using your mobility aid.
- When getting up and down from a chair, put your mobility aid in front of you and push up. Trying to grasp it after you’ve stood up could cause you to fall.
- Make sure your path is cleared of anything that could trip you up, such as rugs, cords and other clutter.
In addition to using your cane or walker properly, there are some other things you can do to prevent experiencing a fall, such as:
- Exercising regularly.
- Finding out from your doctor if your medications will have side-effects such as making you dizzy, tired or weak.
- Get your eyes checked regularly to make sure your prescriptions are still working as they should.
- Revamp your home environment to make sure it’s safe. This includes installing bathroom safety equipment such as grab bars, raised toilet seats and shower chairs.
For more tips on how to avoid a fall, talk to the experts at Choice Health Management. We can demonstrate in person how to best use a walker, rollator or cane and help you avoid a costly trip to the emergency room!