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Health Tip: Caregivers Can Help Prevent Falls
(HealthDay News) -- Someone who is unsteady, weak and maybe a bit confused is a prime candidate for a dangerous fall.
The American Cancer Society says caregivers can help prevent falls by:
Sitting the person on the side of the bed for a minute, just after the person wakes. This will help if changing positions too quickly makes the person feel dizzy or unsteady.
Lending an arm when the person walks.
Staying with the person, if there's a feeling of light-headedness, when the person goes to the bathroom.
Installing a bath mat or non-slip stickers in the shower or bath.
Keeping electric cords off the floor.
Keeping walking paths clear of clothing, throw rugs and other things that could lead to tripping or slipping.
Taping the edges of all rugs to the floor.
Having a bedpan within easy reach.
Reminding the person to wear shoes or non-skid slippers.
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