Things you can do to reduce the risk of slip and falls

What You Can Do to Prevent Falls

Obviously, we want you to be safe and your community safe to walk.

In that regard, Shaw Law Offices believe we serve a vital function in our communities to make them safer.  Jury trials make your community safer by requiring businesses, fast food restaurants, convenience stores, big box stores, apartment complexes and other landowners who are not making the safest choices available to keep patrons and others safe while visiting their property.

                  But there are things you can do individually, too.

                  Falls can be prevented. These are some simple things you can do to keep yourself from falling.

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                             Talk to 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 medicines.
  •    Ask your doctor or healthcare provider about taking vitamin D supplements.
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                    Do Strength and Balance Exercises

                    Do exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance.

                    Tai Chi is a good example of this kind of exercise.

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                      Have Your Eyes Checked

                      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 could get a pair of glasses with only your distance prescription for outdoor activities.

                     Sometimes these types of lenses can make things seem closer or farther away than they really are.

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                    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 stairs.
  • Make sure your home has lots of light by adding more or brighter light bulbs.

 Of course, it always helps to walk slowly in places where there are adequate light.  

Take small, shuffling steps on snowy and icy areas, if they cannot be avoided at all.

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