These Tips Can Help
You can make changes at home to decrease your risk of falling:
- Keep floors free of clutter.
- Use carpet runners.
- Wear low-heeled shoes.
- Do not walk in socks, stocking or slippers.
- Be sure rugs have skid-proof backs or are tacked to the floor.
- Be sure stairs are well lit and have rails on both sides.
- Put grab bars on bathroom walls near tub, shower and toilet.
- Use a non-skid bath mat in the shower or tub.
- Keep a flashlight next to your bed.
- Use a sturdy step stool with a handrail and wide steps.
- Add more lights in rooms.
You can also do exercises to improve your balance. While holding the back of a chair, sink or counter:
- Stand on one leg at a time for a minute and then slowly increase the time. Try to balance with your eyes closed or without holding on.
- Stand on your toes for a count of 10 and then rock back on your heels for a count of 10.
Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases