FALL PREVENTION

One out of three seniors will fall this year, but fewer than half of them will talk with their doctors about it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls are also the No. 1 cause of injuries in seniors, resulting in hip fractures, cuts, and even serious head and brain injuries that can be fatal. And even when there’s no serious injury, a fall can still be so frightening that seniors may avoid certain activities because they’re afraid they’ll fall again.

 


Whether it’s slippery floors, rickety stairs, or electrical cords, some of the most common causes of falls are in the home where you might have a false sense of security. That’s why fall prevention starts with creating a safe living space.

You can make your home safe from falls with just a few basic changes. Senior care experts offer the following advice for preventing falls at home:

 

LIGHT UP YOUR LIVING SPACE

Keep your home brightly lit to avoid tripping on objects that are hard to see. Also:

  • Place night lights in your bedroom, bathroom and hallways.

  • Place a lamp within reach of your bed for middle-of-the-night needs.

  • Turn on the lights before going up or down stairs.

  • Store flashlights in easy-to-find places in case of power outages.


BATHROOM SAFETY

 

  • Place slip resistant mats both inside and outside of the shower or tub

  • Install shower grip bars to help you with stepping in and out of the bathtub without injuring yourself.

  • Raised toilet seat


STAIR SAFETY

  • All stairways should have handrails installed on both sides of the stairs

  • Stairs should be well lit so every step is visible, especially the first and last step where most of the falls occur

  • Check carpeted stairs regularly to make sure the carpet is securely fastened

  • Be extra careful when you negotiate stairs and hold on the rails at all times


REMOVE TRIPPING HAZARDS

Examine every room and hallway, looking for items such as loose carpet, slippery throw rugs, or wood floorboards that stick up. Then repair, remove, or replace those items for more effective fall prevention.

 


PROPER LIFTING

  • Do not let the objects you are carrying to block your view

  • Never carry objects that are too heavy or large, making balance difficult

  • Make more trips with smaller loads


FALL PREVENTION FOOTWEAR  

As we age, our feet can change shape and lose some feeling and flexibility. This changes the way we walk and affects balance. Wearing stockings or floppy slippers can also make you more likely to slip, trip or stumble, leading to a fall. 

Preventing falls at home can be as simple as wearing shoes. Wearing correctly fitting, supportive shoes can help reduce your risk of falling.

At BAREFOOT FREEDOM we offer shoes that are exclusively engineered to create stability with carefully selected combination of performance features.

  • NON SLIP SOLE-Ultra lightweight and Dual-density Polyurethane Slip-Resistant Outsole

  • EXTENDED HEEL STABILIZER-provides rear foot walking stability and minimizes slippage.

  • STEEL SHANK-adds support and stability with excellent arch support

  • ADDED DEPTH IN TOE BOX AND FOREFOOT-allows extra toe room and provides adequate space for use of orthotics.

  • DIFFERENT WIDTH OPTIONS- from Narrow to Extra wide

  • REMOVABLE INNERSOLES-The two removable insoles in our shoes provide double depth and create space for custom orthotics or simply some extra toe room

  • PADDED TONGUE- minimizes lacing pressure over the instep.

  • SOFT CUSHIONED COLLAR- prevents heel slippage for a snug and friction-free fit.

All these features are essential when choosing the right footwear for snug fit that will help you to prevent falls and keep you active.