The number of serious and fatal injuries caused by falls is rising in America.
The New York Times reported in November, 2014:
“The number of people over 65 who died after a fall reached nearly 24,000 in 2012, almost double the number 10 years earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
“More than 200,000 Americans over 65 dies after falls in the decade from 2002 to 2012. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in that age group.”
“And more than 2.4 million people over 65 were treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls in 2012 alone, an increase of 50 percent over a decade.”
You may not see your need to do anything to prevent a fall in your Brooklyn home until after you have fallen, but a bad fall will certainly make you wish you had! A fall can seriously impact your health and independence, but they are not an unavoidable part of growing older. They can be prevented!
Here are 10 ways to prevent a fall in your Brooklyn home:
- Exercise – Exercise strengthens your legs and improves balance, making a fall in your Brooklyn home much less likely.
- Be aware of side effects – Side effects such as drowsiness or dizziness caused by medicines and combinations of medicines will make a fall in your Brooklyn home more likely. Talk about possible side effects of your medicines with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Get your eyes checked every year – Wearing glasses or contacts with the right prescription and seeing clearly will prevent a fall in your Brooklyn home.
- Identify potential home hazards – Tripping hazards, (papers, books, clothes, shoes, rugs), clutter and poor lighting should be identified and removed or changed to prevent a fall in your Brooklyn home.
- Install handrails and lights on your staircases in your Brooklyn home.
- Install grab bars, too. Put them inside and next to your tub or shower and next to the toilet.
- Use non-slip mats in the tub and shower.
- Avoid the need for a step stool. Keep items you use most often within easy reach in your Brooklyn home.
- Use bright lighting – You need brighter lights in your Brooklyn home in order to see well as you grow older.
- Wear shoes – Going barefoot or wearing slippers will prevent a fall in your Brooklyn home.
Stay safe, secure and independent while growing older. Prevent a fall in your Brooklyn home before you fall.
I can help you find the perfect home with all or almost all of the 10 ways to prevent a fall in your Brooklyn home. Give Charles D’Alessandro Your Brooklyn real estate agent with Fillmore Real Estate, a call at (718) 253-9600 ext 206 or email me at [email protected]. Let’s start looking today!