First, take time to make your home safer. Remove items you might trip over on stairs and in walkways. Throw rugs should be secured with double-sided tape to keep them from slipping, and stairways and bathtubs should have handrails installed. You should also wear shoes that give good support and have thin non-slip soles. Avoid wearing slippers in your home.
Your health status can also affect your chances of falling. With your health care provider’s review, you may wish to begin a regular exercise program. It can improve your balance and coordination and make you stronger. You should have your vision checked to ensure you have not developed a condition that may limit your vision, such as cataracts or glaucoma. If you wear prescription eye-wear, be sure that your glasses are the correct strength.
Finally, discuss with your doctor the medications you are taking, including non-prescription medication. Some medicines, or combinations of certain drugs, can make you drowsy or light headed, which can lead to a fall.