Many people experience the spinning sensation of 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 handrails.
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 heights.
Wear shoes with low heels and non-slip soles.
Keep your shoes tied.
Alert family and friends to your condition and how they can help during an attack of vertigo.
Know whether medicines you take can affect your sense of balance.
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.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine