Tips, not trips: Occupational Therapy wants to keep seniors on their feet.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 4:25pm

Occupational Therapy, courtesy of the American Occupational Therapy Association, has captured a series of helpful tips in maintaining seniors' health:

  • Avoid multi-tasking as this decreases your concentration on the task of walking
  • Wear appropriate, well-fitting, slip resistant footwear
  • Arrange furniture to create plenty of room for you to maneuver with or without a mobility aid
  • Consider use of equipment aids to increase your safety with transfers i.e. fixed grab-rails, raised toilet seat etc.
  • Ensure that you have adequate lighting
  • Install non-slip strips in front of your bed, chair or toilet, or consider use of a non slip runner mat in your bathtub or shower
  • Remove excess clutter, including wires and scatter rugs on your floor to decrease the risk of tripping.
  • Be cautious when reaching for items outside of your base of support- try a long handled reacher to prevent having to bend to pick items up off of the floor
  • Keep active- to maintain overall strength, balance and endurance
  • Know your limitations- ask for help when you need it!