Furniture hoppers shuffle from couch to chair to table looking for support from an object as they move around the home. It is unsafe because furniture can tip or slide (and so can you).
If you or loved one has to shuffle or hop, here are some suggestions for improving mobility and increasing safety.
And of course installing grab bars – in and around bathtubs and showers, near toilets, and even in hallways and other rooms. We offer a variety of grab bar options for every room on Safety In Place.
If you find that your condition is chronic and your mobility is seriously impeded, you may want to consider a walking aid or a rising-assist device. Be careful here! First, learn how to use the aid or device. Many accidents occur because someone gets a cane, a walker or a wheelchair and fails to read the instructions or fails to get properly fitted or trained. Select the proper kind and size of mobility aid by consulting with your doctor or an occupational therapist.
If you are considering a mobility aid, the Mayo Clinic website offers some general information.
The Mayo Clinic also offers some balancing exercises – with the warning of course to consult your doctor first before engaging in new physical activities.
*Note: Fall prevention efforts can reduce the risk of falling. Caregivers and older homeowners can become knowledgeable about what needs to be done to make homes as fall-proof as possible. Check here often and search for product ideas that can make you safer in your home!