National Fall Prevention Month

Make Your Home Safer: Get rid of things you could trip over. Add grab bars inside and outside your tub or shower and next to the toilet. Put railings on both sides of the stairs. Make sure your home has lots of light by adding more or brighter light bulbs.

At Freedom Home Healthcare, all clients are assessed at the start of their care for fall risks and all aides and family caregivers are instructed what to do in case of a fall. Further information on how to choose the right home care partner, contact Freedom Home Healthcare at (201) 883-1200 or consult our website at

Falls Can Instill Fear: Falls can cause head injuries. These can be very serious, especially if the person is taking certain medications (like blood thinners).

Many people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.

Understanding why you may be falling is critical to attaining the proper follow-up treatment.
Many times in my career, people have told me, “My mother fell and broke her hip.” In fact, often the case is just the opposite- someone’s hip fractures and the person falls. This is why it is important to speak to your doctor.

See Your Doctor: Ask your doctor or healthcare provider to evaluate your risk for falling and talk with them about specific things you can do.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines to see if any might make you dizzy or sleepy. This should include prescription medicines and over-the-counter drugs. Ask your doctor of healthcare provider about taking Vitamin D supplements with calcium. Certain conditions or environmental designs may contribute to frequent falling.

Research has identified many conditions that contribute to falling. These are called risk factors. Many risk factors. May risks factors can be charged or modified to help prevent falls.

Risk Factors:

  • Lower body weakness
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Difficulties with walking and balance
  • Use of medicines, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants and even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.
  • Vision problems
  • Foot pain or poor footwear
  • Home hazards or dangers such as broken or uneven steps
  • Throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over and
    no handrails along stairs or in the bathroom.

Most Falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chance of falling.

Tips To Reduce Chances of Falling:

Do strength and balance exercises. Do exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance. Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year, and be sure to update your eyeglasses if needed.
If you have bifocal or progressive lenses, you may want to get a pair of glasses with only your distance prescription for outdoor activities, such as walking. Sometimes these types of lenses can make things seem closer or farther away than they really are.

As featured in the Jewish Standard, September 16, 2016