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