Vertigo: Staying Safe When You Have Balance Problems
Many people experience the spinning
vertigo. The loss of balance it causes puts you at
risk for falling and can also affect your quality of life if your fear of
falling leads to a less active lifestyle.
Store household items on low shelves to eliminate the
need to climb or reach high. If climbing is essential, use a step stool with
Keep driveways, sidewalks, and interior walkways clear
of anything that might cause you to trip.
Personal tips that can help prevent injury during an
episode of vertigo:
Avoid working at
Wear shoes with low heels and nonslip
Keep your shoes tied.
Alert family and friends
to your condition and how they can help during an attack of
Know whether medicines you take can affect your sense of
Using a safety checklist(What is a PDF document?) can help you make your home environment safe. Use it to be sure that your living space is free from clutter and that your bathroom and kitchen are safe.