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Fall Prevention Step 4: Keep Your Home Safe and Speak Up About Dizziness

So far this month, we discussed how to prevent falls by checking your medications and assessing your risk, keeping active and eating healthy foods, and watching your step and wearing the right shoes. Our final step to falls prevention is to keep your home safe and speak up about dizziness.

Because we spend so much time there, the home is a likely location for a fall – but it doesn’t have to be! It’s a myth that all home safety improvements require lots of time, money, and expertise. In fact, most household hazards can be minimized or eliminated with very little effort. Here are just a few:

  • Lighting: Use night lights and motion detectors inside and outside and keep a light beside your bed with an easy-to-reach switch

  • Tripping hazards: Keep your house free of clutter by throwing out unused items and remove scatter rugs or tape down the edges

  • Bathroom: Use non-slip mats inside and outside bathtubs and showers and have the toilet paper within reach

  • Outside: Watch for uneven surfaces or rocks and use ice grippers on your boots to help you balance

Now that your home is safe, make sure you aren’t a hazard to yourself. Older adults sometimes experience dizziness as a result of their medications, changes in blood pressure, dehydration, and medical conditions. Dizziness makes it easier to fall, so if you have been feeling dizzy tell your health care provider right away.

What You Can Do – Seniors

  • Make the small changes above to your home to keep it safe. For more ideas, check out our new resource.

  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water each day to prevent dizziness due to dehydration.

  • Ask your health care provider for a referral to the CCAC or another agency for a home safety assessment if you are feeling unsafe in your home.

What You Can Do – Families and Friends

  • Assist your loved ones in making changes to improve the safety of their home – install handrails or grab bars, shovel the driveway, and replace burnt out light bulbs.

  • Encourage your loved ones to tell their doctor about any dizziness they experience.

  • Keep your home safe for when your loved ones visit by making the small changes above.

What You Can Do – Professionals

  • Ask your clients if they have been feeling dizzy lately.

  • Refer your clients to CCAC or another agency for a home safety assessment if appropriate.

  • Review your clients’ medications regularly and take their blood pressure while they are lying down and standing up if they complain of dizziness when getting up.

 

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CONTACTS

For more information about how to prevent falls please contact:

Community Care Access Centre

310-CCAC (2222)

www.healthcareathome.ca

 

To learn about falls prevention programs in your community please contact:

The Healthline

www.thehealthline.ca

211 Ontario

Dial 2-1-1

www.211ontario.ca

 

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

For emergencies always dial 9-1-1

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