A Balanced Step Towards Fall Prevention

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Jun 19, 2013


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Better balance leads to less risk of falls
Activities in our daily lives require a variety of balance and mobility actions such as- bending over, reaching and turning, as well as shifting your weight as you stand up or sit down or simply walk about. Some activities may magnify unstable joints and weaknesses in muscles to execute movements. For those who begin to recognize that they might have a problem doing these regular daily activities a fear of falling unavoidably develops.
Whether you are injured or not taking a fall will likely affect your quality of life. An increasing number of those 65 years and older fear falling and, as a result, limits their activities and social engagements. This leads to further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
So what can you do?

Retain and regain your Physical Health by Exercising Regularly
Remove Environmental Risks around Your Home such as: Rugs on wood floors, electrical cords, stair cases without railings, and cupboards that are too high or low
Be aware of your medications (some may cause dizziness which can lead to poor balance)
Get an alert Pendant

What is an Alert Pendant
This is a device that you carry on your person at all times and allows you to call for help at the push of a button. There are a variety of Alert Pendants available, please consult your physician or home health provider when selecting one. Alert pendants can help keep you safe in the following ways:

Allow you to call for help most anywhere in the home
Provide a sense of security, for those who are often found alone
Allow for quick response time for emergency teams
Allow for the independence and safety while living at home

What can Home Health do to help you?
At Midas Creek Home Health we can help you take the steps to increase your strength, endurance, balance and mobility while maintaining your independence with our Safe Steps Fall Prevention Program. Our Physical Therapists can help you stay within the comfort of your home while teaching you balance/mobility methods that will allow you to continue daily activities that make life worth living! The best part about it, most insurance policies cover the therapy.
Lets prevent that fall from happening and get you the help you need today!
Editors Note: This article was submitted by Steven Collard, with Midas Creek Home Health and may be reached at 801.302.8526 or by email at midascreekhh@digis.net

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