Your home should be a safe and comfortable environment for you to live in.
Hazards can be found inside and outside of your home.
When these hazards combine with other factors such as poor vision, weak bones, unsafe footwear and the side effects of medicines, the risk of having a fall increases.
Lets take a look....
Hazards in the home can come in a variety of forms, so it is important to check your home for hazards regularly to avoid a fall.
Home check list
Check Your Eyesight
As we age, our vision begins to change and deteriorate.
Remember any of these changes can be very gradual, so this can go unnoticed.
Our vision helps us to maintain our balance and notice hazards and obstacles we may need to avoid
It is important that we get our eyes tested every year and we should speak to a optician if we notice any changes in our eyesight this could be clouded vision, sensitivity to light, difficulty with vision at night and dry or watery eyes.
As we age the main eye conditions we may come across are;
Home check list
Wear Suitable Footwear and visit a Podiatrist regularly
We need good shoes to support our feet. Our shoes are the direct contact with the ground, the shoes we wear can affect our posture, stability, balance, safety and gait.
If we are not well supported we can't move around safely.
The main functions of shoes are to support our feet and protect them from hazards in the environment, injury, and to support us with daily activities.
Shoes that do not fit well can cause discomfort, injury and permanent foot problems. Wearing shoes which hurt our feet can alter our walking and cause us to be off-balance.
As we age our feet change. We may begin to suffer with bunions or arthritis, People with foot complaints will often alter the way they walk to take the pressure off the painful part of the foot.
This can have an effect on our walking gait and balance, which can cause a fall.
It is important to have your feet measured frequently as the bones in your feet change with age. Where possible ask for your feet to be measured when buying shoes.
It is also very important to see a Podiatrist regularly.
Podiatrist will check the nerve and blood supply to your feet. This is very important as if this deteriorates it can lead to falls.
Stay Safe, thanks for reading
Emma Louise McGlen x