September 22, 2020 is the first day of Fall and more importantly National Falls Prevention Awareness Day!

Here are some Fall Prevention Tips to consider:

  1. Wear sensible, supportive shoes and clothing.
  2. Remove tripping hazards, such as rugs.
  3. Lighten up and organize your living space to allow for clear paths from room to room.
  4. Use assistive devices as recommended.
  5. Utilize grab bars and handrails as instructed by your therapist.
  6. Slow down. Be aware of your surroundings, including different terrains and facilities.
  7. Be proactive with your health needs, such as regular vision check ups, healthy eating habits, quality sleep, and regular exercise.
  8. Be mindful of your medications, know the potential side effects.
  9. Have a plan in place: what do you do if you experience a fall? How do you get help?

These are great points to discuss with your provider to come up with a plan that is tailored to you.

For more information on Falls Prevention Awareness Day, visit the NCOA Web site and the AOTA Web site.

~Haley Zietz, MS, OTRL