In this article, we'll examine a number of changes you can make to the main living area of your home that will help reduce the risk of falling. Injuries sustained from falls continue to impact the overall health and quality of life for many seniors. By taking a proactive approach to making these simple changes, you can help to prevent the increased risk of a fall.
- Check that carpets are firmly attached to the floor. Put no-slip strips on tile and wooden floors. You can usually find these at any hardware store
- Reduce or eliminate the use of small area rugs or scatter rugs
- Try to keep all walking areas tidy. Avoid leaving books, mail, clothes and even shoes in common walking areas
- Ensure there is good lighting with light switches at both the bottom and top of stairs.
- With stairs, have handrails installed on both sides of the stairs (tightly fastened and installed properly). Always use the hand rails when going up, and going down. Do not try and carry too much, and never block your view of the steps in front of you.
- Keep electrical cords, telephone cords, or any other cords away from main walking areas.
- Make sure sofas and chairs are the correct height to get in, and out of.
- Never stand on an object, chair or table to get something out of reach. Call for assistance if possible.
- Always keep an eye on pets and their locations
- Keep emergency phone numbers, neighbor phone numbers and friends phone numbers near each telephone in the house.
In upcoming articles, we'll continue to look at ways you can maintain a safe home environment. These simple changes can go a long way! For more information on our services, please click here.
Jeremy T. Painter, LPN