Recommended Websites for Common Medical Conditions
- ALS Association: http://www.alsa.org/
- Alzheimer’s Association: http://www.alz.org/
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society: http://www.nmss.org
- National Parkinson Foundation: http://www.parkinson.org/
- Post-Polio Support Groups: http://www.post-polio.org/net/
Top 10 Safety Tips
- Place one foot slightly in front of the other foot, and put your weight on the ball of your feet to create stability.
- Stand directly in front of the task you are working on to avoid rotating, which leads to stress on joints and contributes to falling.
- Stabilize yourself before bending and reaching to prevent falling.
- Keep your work close to your body to avoid leaning and reaching, which creates stress on joints and uses more energy than necessary.
- When carrying objects, hold the burden at your waist level to reduce stress on the spine as well as other joints.
- Slide rather than lift objects, whenever possible, to conserve energy.
- Store most frequently used items as close to your center of gravity as possible.
- When bathing, keep water temperature moderate. Hot water dries out skin and fatigues muscle, which makes tasks performed after require more energy use.
- Use small towels for drying off after showering. This reduces rotation and saves energy.
- Keep a towel within arm’s reach of the sink to dry your hands without dripping water on floor, which could result in a fall.