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Decrease your risk of falling

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View some practical ways to improve the home environment and additional ways to decrease your risk of falling.

View some practical ways to improve the home environment and additional ways to decrease your risk of falling.

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  • 1. Recognizing Fall Hazards in the Home and Community
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    • Recognize the benefits of a positive attitude towards fall prevention
    • Discuss common fall hazards in the home
    • Use a personal action planner for one environmental hazard
  • 3. Common hazards Clutter Sharp furniture Loose electrical cords
  • 4. Poor lighting Raised doorway Slippery surfaces
  • 5. Stairs without handrails Loose throw rugs
  • 6. Other reminders to prevent falls Don’t carry too much Store frequently used items lower in pantry. Decrease clutter. No socks on a slippery floor Wear sensible shoes
  • 7. Bathroom Tips Install grab bars Use a shower chair Use weaker leg to get into tub
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    • Discuss hazards in your home
    • Brainstorm common hazards and how to eliminate them
    • Lets look at some “messy rooms”: Identify the common hazards in these rooms.
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    • Take a break!
    • Roam the halls with a friend or two and see how your building rates
    • Use this Template
    How safe is your building?
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    • Record hazards in your residence
    • Determine how possible it is to change hazards to make it safer
    • Review own hazards & hazards of the messy rooms
    • Determine how possible it is to change home hazards
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    • Goal: Eliminate environmental fall hazard
    • Action:
    • Materials/physical assistance needed
    • Possible problems
    • Solutions: Prioritize answers to problems
    • Use this Template
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    • 1 st response: Hand out front:
    • Let arm take weight…protects the head!
    • After fall, check how you feel…slowly move
    • Stay put if you have problems (pain, sweating, dizziness, nausea)
    • Use Emergency Response or 9 1 1
    IF you do begin to fall…
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    • Roll to one side (a side that doesn’t hurt)
    • Bend knees, up on all fours
    • Reach for stable object (table, chair, toilet) to push up on
    Photos courtesy of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • 24.
    • Evaluate why you fell
    • Tell?
      • Family members
      • Doctor
    • Change ?
      • Environment
      • Personal behavior
  • 25.
    • We learned how to access our surroundings for fall hazards
    • We learned how to develop a plan to improve the safety of our environment
    • We learned how to get up from a fall
    • We learned what to do when we fall