Last week the time change triggered a flood of conversations with the parish nurse! Topics ranged from “It is so time consuming to change clocks,” “I am having trouble getting a normal sleep schedule when it is dark so early,” to issues relating to darkness or shortened days. Let’s spend a minute in review.
The leaves are falling, the time says ‘fall back’, the fall season always reminds us of…yes, you guessed it…FALLING. Just as October is Fire Prevention awareness, fall season is a great time to review FALL PREVENTION. Here are some reminders for simple fall prevention tactics:
- Make sure lighting is adequate on walkways, hallways, stairs, etc.
- Remove rugs that skid or that might be trip hazards
- Wear properly fitting shoes that won’t cause you to trip or turn your ankle
- Slow down!
- Check out the surroundings when it is dark – curbs, toys, holes, etc. are trip hazards.
- Wear clothing that is not going to wrap around your ankles or arms in a way that causes you to be unsteady
- Don’t be shy about using a cane or walker! Broken hips or shoulders are painful consequences of a nasty fall from losing your balance.
- Be aware of wet walkways that can freeze as the temperature drops.
I am sure you can think of more tips – the cue here is …THINK!
We had a chance to clean up our worship and school properties yesterday. Now let’s take a look at what we can do around our personal life surroundings. Make it a priority! Be safe! Take care of the wonderful body that God has given to you! Reach out to help others do the same!
Our Lord, Jesus Christ gives us life and we have the blessing of living it to His glory. Let’s get started on a path that will improve our health physically, mentally and physically.
See me if I can be of help to you in improving your lifestyle.
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace Lutheran Church & School, firstname.lastname@example.org