Six Ways to Prevent Falling

March 19, 2024

As you get older, it becomes more and more important to prevent falls because of the serious injuries they can cause.

Medications you’re taking, health conditions and physical changes all contribute to the risk of falling.  Use these strategies to stay upright.

1. Check in with your doc

Schedule an appointment with your physician to do a medication check. Some medications can increase your risk of falling, such as those that make you tired or affect brain function.

Consider if any medication side effects or interactions are serious enough that you should swap meds or wean yourself off of them (under your physician’s care).

Discuss your past falls with your doctor if there are any. Understanding how a fall happened can help you identify ways to prevent them in the future.

2. Move

Being physically active is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent falls because it builds better balance, strength, flexibility and coordination.

3. Swap out your shoes

Poor footwear is a significant contributor to falling. A flat, sturdy shoe that fits you well and has a non-skid sole is ideal.

4. Remove hazards in your home

Assess your home and primary living spaces where you spend time. Here’s what you can do to make it fall-proof:

  • Remove cords and items such as papers and boxes.
  • Keep highly trafficked areas clear. Declutter.
  • Use only rugs with slip-resistant backing.
  • Repair loose flooring and carpet.
  • Reorganize your clothing, food and dishes so you can easily reach the most-often used items.
  • Install slip-proof mats in your shower or tub. Use a bath seat in the tub or shower.

5. Keep it bright

If the room is dim, you’re more likely to trip over something.

Use night lights in the bathroom and bedroom. Install illuminated light switches. Turning on lights before you use the stairs. Place a lamp beside your bed.

6. Get assistance

Assistive devices are a great way to avoid falls. Use stairwell handrails, non-slip treads on steps, raised toilet seats, and tub or shower grab bars.

Make your fall prevention plan today and avoid injuries that could compromise your health but, if you do fall, having the right insurance could make all the difference. Contact UROne Benefits™ here or at 800-722-7331 for help in finding the right plan for you.

This post was originally published in January 2017; updated March 2024.