How To Prevent Falls and Injuries

As we get older, staying safe and avoiding slips and falls becomes more and more important. Our bodies aren't as resilient as they used to be, so taking extra care is crucial. Here are some simple tips to help keep you steady on your feet at home and when out on the town.
Make Your Apartment Fall-Proof:
We spend a lot of time at home, so it’s important that it’s free from tripping hazards. That means:

  • Keeping pathways clear of clutter and securing rugs so they won't slip.
  • Making sure there's plenty of light, especially in areas like bathrooms and staircases.
  • Having handrails on stairs and grab bars in the bathroom for extra support.

Stay Aware of Tripping Hazards:
Whether you’re at home or out and about, it’s important to be prepared and stay aware of your surroundings. That means:

  • Wearing sturdy, supportive shoes both indoors and outdoors.
  • Watching out for uneven sidewalks or pavement that could cause you to trip.
  • Being aware of curbs and crosswalks when walking in the city.
  • Keeping an eye out for things on the ground like bags, cords, or sticks, as well as furniture legs or unsecured rugs.
  • Being careful of wet surfaces that could be slippery, especially after the rain.

Be Proactive About Preventing Falls
Doing simple exercises can help improve our balance and strength, which can reduce the risk of falls. Here's an easy exercise to try:

  • Hold onto a sturdy chair and lift one foot off the ground, balancing on the other for a few seconds and up to a minute.
  • Switch legs and do the same for the other leg.

And if you're looking for more ways to stay active, check out the fitness programs offered at Clarendale Six Corners. Personal trainers are available to  walk you through simple, everyday movements to help improve and maintain your balance.
Additionally, stylish yet functional accessories such as canes and walking sticks cater to diverse aesthetic preferences and support needs.
How to Fall Safely
Sometimes falls are inevitable, but there are ways to reduce the risk of serious injury. Here's what to do if you feel yourself falling:

Step 1: Try to stay relaxed and bend your elbows to cushion the impact.

Step 2: Protect your head by tucking your chin if you’re falling backward, or turning it to the side if falling forward.

Step 3: Aim to land on your bottom or the fleshy parts of your body to absorb the shock.

Step 4: Try to roll with the fall if you can, instead of trying to stop suddenly.

How Senior Communities Support Fall Prevention
Living in a senior community offers a range of benefits that can help reduce the risk of falls, including:

  • Safe outdoor environments regularly maintained from inclement weather. Say goodbye to worries about slipping on untreated ice or snow.
  • Inside, thoughtful interior design features such as wide walkways, elevators, and step-free entrances, minimizing tripping hazards and promote easy mobility.
  • On-site amenities tailored to enhance your well-being. Fitness centers offer opportunities to improve strength, while personal trainers can guide you through balancing exercises designed to boost stability and reduce the risk of falls.

Experience Lively Retirement Living at Clarendale Six Corners
At Clarendale Six Corners, we prioritize your comfort and safety while offering a casually sophisticated retirement lifestyle. Located in one of Chicago’s liveliest neighborhoods, our community provides a personalized environment tailored to your preferences and needs. Join us and discover the daily joys of retirement in an upscale setting designed for your enjoyment and peace of mind.

Contact us to learn more about our offerings.