Why Is Falling at Home More Common as You Get Older?

We are so blessed to be able to celebrate each birthday and each milestone in our lives. Getting older is a privilege, but sometimes it can make certain things more challenging and can change our relationship with our own bodies.

One of these changes is our sense of balance, and that can be negatively impacted with age and loss of muscle mass, among other factors. Falling at home can lead to serious injuries like broken bones or severe head injuries.

Our AFC Urgent Care Sevierville team understands that falling at home should be avoided whenever possible, so we offer some ways to reduce your risk below.

How Does Exercise Support Balance?

Having strong muscles and reliable joints make a world of difference when it comes to staying on your feet! Stronger muscles in your legs and feet can help you navigate unsteady ground or quick movements, and that strength can support your balance while you are off center.

Simple exercises like tai chi, yoga, walks and even gardening can help support your muscle tone. Just be sure to wear supportive shoes while you exercise, and consider wearing those shoes whenever you are up and moving. Sturdy shoes are also an important factor for avoiding falls in your home.

Home Maintenance Tips

  • Have any broken or twisted exterior steps fixed quickly.
  • Keep your lawn tidy and roll up your hoses after every use.
  • Turn your porch light on before leaving in the evening.
  • Lay down salt when it is icy in the winter.

What Steps Can I Take Inside My Home to Avoid Falling?

We are often the most relaxed when we are at home, so our guard can come down as soon as we get inside. However, that also means that the chance of clutter increases and items can build up or be tossed aside without much thought. All it takes is a forgotten shoe or a newspaper left on the ground for you to slip or trip on and a serious injury can result.

Keep your home tidy and make it a point to put things in their place when you are done using them. Clean up any spills promptly and secure any loose rugs to the ground. You should also be sure to fill your home with light! Open curtains, turn lights on and keep a bedside lamp on your nightstand to help light your way through your home with confidence.

Additional Ways to Avoid Serious Falls

  • Use handrails when walking down steps.
  • Install non-slip treads for your bathroom tub or shower.
  • Invest in a raised toilet seat or grab bars.
  • Move slowly and always be aware of your surroundings.

Did a recent fall leave you hurt? Come see us right away at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville.