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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.

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