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O-Tip of the Week: Safer Transitions

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of November, Fall Prevention Month, our O-Tip series will concentrate on preventing falls at home and in the community.

Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians with 20-30% of seniors experiencing one or more falls each year (Statistics Canada).  With seniors most falls often happen when someone is just trying to go about their day by having a shower, coming down the stairs, or taking a leisurely walk.

This week’s O-Tip of the Week returns to the bathroom, which can be the most dangerous room in the home, especially for seniors.  Transitions into and out of the tub or shower are often the cause of falls in the bathroom.  The installation of grab bars in the tub or shower can greatly reduce this risk.  An Occupational Therapist can help by assessing the older adult’s functional status and reviewing the hazards in their environment that may put them at risk for falling.

Learn more helpful fall prevention tips for older adults from our infographic:  An OT Knows How to Help Seniors Age in Place.

 

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O-Tip of the Week: Shed Some Light on Fall Prevention

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of November, Fall Prevention Month, our O-Tip series will concentrate on preventing falls at home and in the community.

This week’s O-Tip of the Week focuses on a simple, yet often forgotten aspect of the home that can prevent falls:  proper lighting. 

Seniors need to be attuned to the physical, balance and vision changes they are experiencing as they age, and need to consider the importance of proper lighting to help them navigate and reduce the risk of falls in their living spaces.  Helpful and simple lighting suggestions may include:

–        Night lights around the home

–        A bed side lamp

–        Illuminated light switches

–        Storage of flashlights in the bedrooms, the kitchen and bathrooms

–        Change of light fixtures to provide both ambient and task lighting based on needs

An Occupational Therapist can assist in assessing the living space to suggest lighting modifications and more.  Learn more about how OT’s assist in fall reduction in our OT-V Episode, Fall Prevention.

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O-Tip of the Week: Hydrate to Prevent Falls

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of November, Fall Prevention Month, our O-Tip series will concentrate on preventing falls at home and in the community.

This week’s O-Tip of the Week focuses on a simple way to prevent dizziness and balance issues which can lead to falls:  hydration. 

Learn more about how to properly hydrate yourself in the following post from our blog Help with Hydration – How Many Glasses Do You Really Need?

Learn more helpful fall prevention tips from our infographic:  An OT Knows How to Prevent Falls: 

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O-Tip of the Week: Prevent Slips in the Tub or Shower

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living.

For the month of November, Fall Prevention Month, our O-Tip series will concentrate on preventing falls at home and in the community.

This week’s O-Tip of the Week focuses on simple ways to keep you safe in the bathroom, one of the most dangerous rooms in the home.

For a simple and inexpensive solution to improve bathroom safety we recommend using adhesive shower or tub strips which are easy to install, and provide added protection from falling when you are getting in and out or standing in the shower or tub with bare feet on a wet surface. Strips are easier to maintain and clean than a standard bath mat and stick better to the bottom of the tub or shower.

Learn more about how to improve safety in your bathroom in this episode from our OT-V series, Bathroom Safety.

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Falls Are a Leading Cause of Injury- Let’s Talk Prevention

Did you know that in Canada falls are the leading cause of injury amoung older Canadians?  And that 20-30% of seniors experience one or more falls each year? Falls are also the number one cause of both brain and spinal cord injury in seniors.

November is Fall Prevention Month and we want to share with you some of the ways an Occupational Therapist can work with seniors to help prevent this danger.

In the following episode of our OT-V video series we discuss some ways to reduce the risk of falls and help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Learn more about safety for seniors on our Healthy Seniors page.

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Fall Prevention Toolkit

Falls are the leading cause of injury amoung older adults in Canada and the number one cause of brain and spinal cord injury in seniors.  November is fall prevention month and to assist others in working to prevent the dangers the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre has compiled a toolkit.  Check it out to help seniors prevent falls.

Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre:  Fall Prevention Month

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Fall Prevention For Seniors

Did you know that in Canada falls are the leading cause of injury amoung older Canadians?  And that 20-30% of seniors experience one or more falls each year?  Falls are also the number one cause of both brain and spinal cord injury in seniors.

November is Fall Prevention Month and we want to share with you some of the ways an Occupational Therapist can work with seniors to help prevent this danger.

In the following episode of our OT-V video series we discuss some ways to reduce the risk of falls and help keep you and your loved ones safe.

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Swim to Stay Safe As you Age

Swimming has many benefits.  It is an excellent form of exercise that works the entire body and the cardiovascular system at the same time.  It is low impact so can be done during injury recovery and by those with aches and pains associated with aging.  The following article from E-Care Diary discusses how research is now showing another benefit of swimming:  fall prevention.  Check out the article to see how you and your loved ones could swim yourselves to safety as you age.

E-Care Diary:  Swimming Could Prevent Falls!  Protective Benefits For Seniors