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Posted on: March 29, 2018

A Checklist for Preventing Falls in Your Home

Mind your step

You can make your home safe from falls with just a few basic changes. This doesn’t have to involve a complete house remodel. Senior care experts offer the following advice for preventing falls at home:

  • Clean up clutter. The easiest method for preventing falls is to keep your home neat and tidy. Remove all clutter, such as stacks of old newspapers and magazines, especially from hallways and staircases.
  • Repair or remove tripping hazards. Sometimes home fixtures can contribute to falls, which can then lead to back pain and other injuries. Examine every room and hallway, looking for items like loose carpet, slippery throw rugs, or wood floorboards that could cause tripping.
  • Install grab bars and handrails. These safety devices are crucial for going up and down stairs, getting on and off the toilet, and stepping in and out of the bathtub without injuring yourself. Have a handyman or family member help with this if necessary.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing. You want to feel comfortable at home, but baggy clothes can sometimes make you more likely to fall. Opt for better-fitting and properly hemmed clothing that doesn’t bunch up or drag on the ground.
  • Light it right. Inadequate lighting is another major hazard. To create a home that’s more suitable for seniors, install brighter light bulbs where needed – particularly along stairways and narrow hallways. Also, adding night-lights in bedrooms and bathrooms is  suggested.
  • Wear shoes. Socks may be comfortable, but they present a slipping risk. Preventing falls at home can be as simple as wearing shoes. You can also purchase non-slip socks that have grips on the soles of the feet if shoes are too uncomfortable.
  • Make it nonslip. Bathtubs and showers, as well as floors in kitchens, bathrooms and porches can become extremely dangerous when wet. To prevent falls on slick surfaces, try using nonslip mats.
  • Move more carefully. Many people fall at home by moving too quickly from a sitting to a standing position and vice versa. Preventing falls like this is as easy as taking your time. Just pause after going from lying down to sitting and from sitting to standing; also pause before using stair railings, whether going up or down.

Review this Preventing Falls brochure for more info.

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