If you are someone that has poor balance, many things in your home can become a potential obstacle for you causing an increased risk in falling. There are many simple things to change around your home for improved safety.
- Remove throw rugs. These become a tripping hazard, as they easily become wrinkled and out of place.
- Improve night time lighting. At night most people’s vision becomes more impaired. If you wake up to go to the bathroom, it’s important to have good lighting along the way in order to reduce your risk of a fall.
- Be cautious of pets. Dogs and cats can pose a potential risk of tripping you when you’re least expecting it! Be conscious of where they are when you’re walking.
- Put up clear, visible markers at thresholds or uneven surfaces. This will help to easily be aware of changes in surface levels while you are walking throughout your home.
If all of these things are in order around your home and you still suffer from falls or balance problems, using an assistive device such as a cane or a walker, may be appropriate. Physical therapists are experts in gait mechanics (walking/balance/coordination), so seek out some tips and exercises you can do to begin improving your balance. Whether your just “out of practice” or have declining balance due to neurological effects, we can help!
We treat patients with balance deficits in the Clermont 34711 and Ocoee 34761 area!