Tips for Preventing Falls
By Sara Butler
If you’re a senior, then you have a 30 percent chance of falling this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the leading cause of injuries to older people is falling, and it often results in injuries that have a serious impact on their quality of life. Some falls may cause injuries that can be fatal. To prevent falls, you should make sure you create a safe space in your home. Here are some tips to help.
You don’t need to remodel your home in order to prevent falls. In fact, you can start easily by simply cleaning up the clutter in and around your home. Get rid of obstacles such as old magazines and newspapers. It’s also important to make sure walkways are clear, especially stairs and hallways.
Repair Tripping Hazards
Home fixtures, if in a state of disrepair, can contribute to falls in your home. Falls can lead to back and head injuries, so make sure to examine the spaces in your home and fix anything that needs it. Some of the most common tripping and falling hazards include:
- Loose carpet
- Throw rugs
- Loose floorboards
Repair or replace in order to make your home a safe space!
Handrails and grab bars are an essential safety device in the home of many seniors. They assist in the bathroom and going up and down stairs, reducing the likelihood of injury. Have someone help you with the installation.
Watch What You Wear
Loose clothing is another major falling hazard for seniors. It’s important to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing and wear clothing that allows you to have a full range of motion, but it’s also important to wear clothes that don’t drag or bunch up in order to help you reduce the chance of falling in the home.
Light It Up
Proper lighting is vital to staying safe at home for seniors. Poorly lit areas of the home can create tripping hazards, so make sure to add night lights to the hallways, bathrooms, and bedrooms as well as brighter bulbs all over your home.
For many people, wearing socks in the home is the most comfortable, but it’s also a falling hazard for seniors. You can help prevent falls at home simply by wearing shoes or non-slip socks with grips on the soles if shoes are too much.
As you get older, preventing falls is something you have control over. Use these tips to help you stay fall-free.
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