November is fall prevention month!
WOW! Can you believe that November is almost over? That means The Christmas season is fast approaching!
This is the time that most people tend to set out of typical routine and spend more time with family, friends, or on a sunny beach somewhere! Whether you are travelling to an exotic get away or staying at home with friends and family this season, you dont have to let the holidays be an excuse to be inactive or unhealthy. Things can get hectic this time of year, but one of the things you have complete control over is—you!
When it comes to preventing falls this season, our friends at the Canadian Chiropractic Association have some advice that goes a bit further than “watch your step.” “There are many choices you can make in your daily activities that will reduce your risk of falling. Check out these tips for simple things you can do to stay safely on your feet.
- Vision: Remove your reading glasses when you are walking. Always slip them off before you take a step.
- Reach: Never climb on a chair or stool to reach something. Always ask for assistance.
- Pets: If you have a pet such as a cat or dog, consider putting a bell or reflector on its collar. It’s easy to stumble across an affectionate or sleeping pet that’s in your path.
- Visitors: Take your time. If you frequently find yourself rushing to pick-up the phone, consider investing in a cordless phone that you can keep near you. Don’t rush to answer the door. The visitor will wait.
- Dressing: Always sit down to put on or take off shoes and clothing. Place a chair or bench near the entrance-way.
- Children: Keep hallways and stairs free of children’s toys.
- Footwear: Wear shoes or slippers with non-slip soles indoors. That means you might have to give up that pair of loose, comfy slippers with the worn soles.
- Assistance: Ask for help if you need it. Most people like to lend a hand.”
Put your best foot forward! From Dr. Hunsberger and Dr. Wright, have a safe and happy holiday season, and don’t forget to book in for your tune up before the new year! Most benefit plans reboot in January, so take advantage of what you’ve got left and book in today! –>