Learn Effective Methods to Help Reduce Falls at Your Home
Fall Prevention Tips – Five Simple Tips for Reducing Falls While Aging in Place
Falls among older adults is a huge healthcare problem and, unfortunately, it is on the rise. Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls (over 90% of hip fractures are caused by falls). Many people who fall subsequently develop a fear of falling. Following is a checklist you may use to fix hazards in your home and thus decrease your risk of falling.
#1. Check floors in every room – Move furniture so that your path is clear. Tape or coil cords and wires next to the wall so you can’t trip over them. Don’t use extension cords. Have an electrician put in another outlet. Remove saddles or flatten uneven surfaces between rooms.
#2. Stairs and Steps – Keep the stairs free of all clutter and fix broken and uneven steps. Have handrails put in all of your staircases on both sides. If you have carpeting, make sure it is firmly attached to each step. Alternatively, remove the carpeting and attach non-slip rubber treads on the stairs. Put lights in all of your staircases.
#3. Bathrooms & Kitchens – These can be dangerous places. Beware of water on the floor and clean up all spills as soon as they occur.
#4. Bedrooms – Place a lamp close to the bed where it is easy to reach. Put a night-light so you can see where you are walking. Some night-lights go on by themselves after dark.
#5. Wear sturdy shoes with thin, non-slip soles – Avoid slippers and shoes with no backs and be careful around pets. Keep emergency numbers in large print near the phone or have them programmed into your speed dial. Put a phone near the floor and think about wearing an alarm device that will help in case you fall and cannot get up.