By Kim Hall, Registered Physiotherapist, Owner & Founder of Physio2U
Did you have any close calls or falls on the ice this winter? Have you struggled when trying to get back up after a trip or fall? If you have had any trips, falls, or close calls, here are a few simple things you can do in order to help you stay on your feet:
1) Be active and participate in daily exercise to increase your strength and balance. Activities such as walking, swimming, yoga, or Tai Chi are just some of the things that one can do to help protect against falls. Resistance exercises such as lifting weights or using resistance bands can also help you stay on your feet.
2) Make sure your environment is set up optimally to ensure safety. Assess your home to make sure it is well lit; avoid clutter and thick carpets or mats that may get in your way and cause you to trip. These are just some of the things to consider when organizing your home environment.
3) Proper use of equipment. Equipment such as shower chairs, elevated toilet seats, and reaching tools are excellent ways to safe guard your home against falls. The use of items such as safe footwear or walking aids such as a cane or walker, are reliable ways to ensure that you stay active while putting safety first.
Falls are the leading cause of injury among seniors. Over 95% of hip fractures are a result of falls. 50% of falls causing hospitalization occur at home. Having a physiotherapist come to your home is a great first step in helping reduce the risk of falls.It is also important to consult with your Doctor regarding potential side effects or interactions of medication that may put you at risk of falling unexpectedly. What else can I do to prevent falls? Should you ever experience a fall, or want to learn ways to prevent it, Physio2U can help! And you do not have to leave the comfort and safety of your own home to get treatment. Physio2U In-home Physiotherapy Services provides comprehensive physiotherapy treatment in the comfort of your own home. Our team can help with conditions such as arthritis, hip fractures, joint replacements, post hospitalization or surgery, and many others. With one-on-one, one hour long sessions, the physiotherapist can observe your movement and limitations, diagnose the issues, and treat the source of the problem. If you’re unsure how to use a piece of equipment, a Physio2U therapist can help you determine whether or not you require an aid and how to use it properly and safely should you need one. Operating locally for 8 years throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, Physio2U has been empowered the lives of thousands of seniors and their families. Choose us as part of your home-team advantage.