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How to Make Your Home Hazard-Free to Help Manage Osteoporosis

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How to Make Your Home Hazard-Free to Help Manage Osteoporosis

When bones are weakened from osteoporosis, the slightest fall can cause a broken bone, and this means a minimum of six weeks of recovery time. That is why it is so important to those with this disease to do their best to ensure falls, or even minor bumps or strains, do not occur.

There are measures that can be taken, both in and out of the house, and some personal habits that may need to be altered, to ensure the safety and continued health of anyone suffering from osteoporosis.

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Stairs

Stairs are always a cause of concern. Handrails are necessary on both sides of the stairs. Secure carpeting will also help to prevent a fall. Keeping them well-lit, with switches on the top and bottom of the staircase, is also important.

Bathrooms

Grab bars by the toilet, and in the bathtub and shower are a necessity. Also, rubber mats in the tub and shower will help to reduce the likelihood of a fall, and if needed, chairs designed for use when bathing are also available.

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Bedrooms

If it is possible, place the bed near the light switch, or have a lamp next to it. A flashlight next to the bed is a good idea, in case of a power outage. Don’t rise too quickly when lying or sitting on the bed, as this could result in dizziness, and cause a fall.

Floor

Be sure all floors are clear of unnecessary items, including wires or cords, and loose rugs to prevent slip and fall accidents. Another floor-safety measure is to enhance visibility in dark areas. Floor marking, such as glow-in-the-dark tape, uses a unique phosphor that can absorb light, and glows when the lights are out. It can then be trailed in the dark, to other areas of the house. This is an excellent safety precaution in a blackout, so a person can still find their way throughout the house in an emergency.

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Outdoor Safety

When venturing out into the backyard, there are also some safety measures that can be taken to prevent injury. Wearing low-heeled shoes is a good idea, especially if they have rubber soles, as this provides more traction. Railings on the stairs of decks or porches, and all around the perimeter, are a necessity.

Keep these areas, and the rest of the yard and walkways, free of any items that could trip someone. If leaving the home, and not planning to return until after dark, be sure to turn on an outdoor light.

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Other Safety Measures

If spills occur, be sure to clean them up immediately. Keep all rooms well-lit. Carry a cell or a cordless phone, or purchase a personal alert system that can be worn at all times. Only use a step stool when necessary, and be sure it is sturdy, with wide steps and a handrail.

Either wear shoes, or go barefoot, rather than wearing socks or stockings, to prevent slipping. If feeling a bit unsteady, use a walker or a cane for support, and wear hip protectors to prevent any injury if a fall does occur. Keep often-used items within reach, or use a grasping tool with a long handle to reach them.

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Personal Habits

There are some personal habits that should be either avoided or changed when a person has osteoporosis. Alcohol consumption should be kept to a minimum, because of the risk of disorientation and confusion, and because it can actually cause bone loss.

It is always better to slow down and be safe than to hurry and cause an injury. Exercise regularly, and eat healthy and balanced meals. The recommended daily amounts of calcium in foods, and the vitamin D from healthy amounts of sunshine, can also help to keep bones as healthy as possible.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2021

The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

  1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
  2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
  3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
  4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
  5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

Now on to the checklist!

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Here is how your checklist should look

1. CAMPSITE GEAR

  • Tent, poles, stakes
  • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
  • Extra tarp or canopy
  • Sleeping bag for each camper
  • Sleeping pad for each camper
  • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Chairs
  • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
  • Lantern
  • Lantern fuel or batteries

2.  KITCHEN

  • Stove
  • Fuel for stove
  • Matches or lighter
  • Pot
  • French press or portable coffee maker
  • Corkscrew
  • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
  • Food-storage containers
  • Trash bags
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Water bottles
  • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
  • Cups, mugs
  • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Foil
  • soap
  • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
  • Paper towels
  • Extra bin for washing dishes

3. CLOTHES

  • Clothes for daytime
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuits
  • Rainwear
  • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
  • Extra layers for warmth
  • Gloves
  • Hats

4. PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Toothbrush, toiletries
  • Soap

5. OTHER ITEMS

  • Camera
  • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
  • Maps, area information

This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

Featured photo credit: Scott Goodwill via unsplash.com

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