HTS Therapy News
Have you recently experienced a fall? If so, you are not alone. Each year, one in three adults 65+ experience a fall that requires medical attention. Falls can lead to hip fractures and other serious injuries. Falls are not a normal part of aging and most falls can be prevented.
Outdoor Hazards & Safety
- Use a walker or cane for added stability.
- Wear warms boots with rubber soles for added traction.
- If sidewalks look slippery, walk on the grass for better traction.
- Carry a small bag of rock salt or kosher salt and sprinkle on slick surfaces.
- Beware of highly polished marble or tile floor surfaces in public buildings. Stay on carpet runners whenever possible.
- Allow for extra commute time to ensure safe travel.
Home Safety Tips
- Keep all rooms free from clutter, especially on the floors.
- Wear supportive, low-heeled shoes even at home.
- Remove rugs or use double-sided tape to secure rugs so they won’t slip.
- Put a non-slip rubber mat or self-stick strips on the floor of the shower or tub.
- Install easy-to-reach grab bars in the bathroom.
- Use a shower chair or transfer bench.
- Place a lamp close to the bed where it’s easy to reach.