As you age, it’s important to remember that your body operates differently than it used to. Whether it’s physical changes due to age, medications, or health conditions, the body moves differently. Prairie View Assisted Living of Winnebago has put together a Top 5 list to keep you moving safely!
Prairie View’s Top 5
Take Your Doctor’s Advice:
One of the most important things you can do to remain healthy and prevent potential falls is to visit your doctor regularly and talk about your concerns. You can construct your own fall-prevention plan with the assistance of your physician. Ask specific questions like:
- Are my current medications still the best fit?
- Am I taking the correct dosage of medications?
- Do my medications pose any potential risks for falls?
- Can I exercise safely on my medications?
Also talk about any safety concerns you have in your home. Your physician can recommend home safety devices that will help. Be honest with your physician regarding any past falls and if you ever feel unsteady.
As long as you have received an okay from your physician, keep on moving! One of the very best things you can do for your body and overall health is to keep moving as much as possible. There are great low-impact workouts such as walking, gentle yoga, tai chi, and even water aerobics that help you maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, which will in turn help prevent falls.
Choose Your Shoes Wisely
Shoes play a vital role in fall-prevention! Be sure to choose non-skid shoes that fit properly. Wearing heels, flip flops, or slippers without proper support can be a huge safety hazard for you.
Take a Home Inventory
Look around your home right now! Do you see any potential fall hazards? Did you know things as simple as loose paper, rugs, cords, and furniture can be hazardous? Some of the most common hazards in a home are:
- Loose floorboards
- Extension cords (also phone cords, lamp cords, etc.)
- End tables and coffee tables
- Improper lighting
Consider Using Assistive Devices/Home Safety Devices
Did you physician recommend using assistive devices such as a walker or cane? Many seniors don’t like to feel tied or restricted to these devices and therefore simply ignore their physician’s advice…which leads to falls. If your physician believes it’s necessary, you should trust their opinion because they care about your well-being.
There are also wonderful devices for your home, too! Consider the following:
- A non-skid bath mat
- A shower chair
- Grab bars in your bathroom (and anywhere else you need them!)
- Hand rails
Prairie View Assisted Living Cares
At Prairie View, we want to see seniors thriving. Your health, safety, and comfort are our top priorities. We provide personalized care plans designed to meet your requirements. Our assisted living service would be helpful for many who are currently residing in a more restricted environment; it may also serve to eliminate the need for a nursing home altogether. At Prairie View Assisted Living Community, you can expect a warm and private atmosphere, pleasant surroundings, companionship, delicious and healthy food, personal security, and caring staff members.
Our well-trained staff is always there to help you. Call us at 815-335-1800 or visit us at 500 E McNair Road today.