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Getting around your home safely can be a challenge if you have injuries or health problems that make it easy for you to fall. Many health problems can increase your risk of falling—poor eyesight, balance problems caused by disease like stroke or Parkinson's disease, side effects of medicines, weakness or pain in the legs and feet, and confusion or dementia.
For people with these conditions, common things like loose rugs, poor lighting, and household clutter can become a big safety issue. But there are easy things you can do to make your home a lot safer.
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You can make some simple changes in your home and in the way you do some daily activities to reduce your risk of falling.
To prevent falls around your home:
To reduce the chance of a fall during your daily activities:
Many falls occur during bathing. To prevent falls in the bathroom:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineElizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
Current as ofMarch 16, 2018
Current as of: March 16, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
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