OrthoNeuro Blog

23 Jan

5 Tips to Avoid Falls at Home

by Heather Benjamin

5 Tips to Avoid Falls at HomeDID YOU KNOW?

  • 20% of Falls in Elderly Adults result in significant injury. 
  • Falling once DOUBLES the chance of falling again.

5 Tips to Avoid Falls at Home

  1. Clean up clutter. The easiest way to prevent falls is to keep your home neat and tidy. 
  2. Light it up.  Inadequate lighting can be a major hazard. Install brighter light bulbs where needed, particularly in stairways and narrow hallways. Night-lights in bedrooms and bathrooms are also recommended.
  3. No slipping and sliding. Bathtubs and showers, as well as floors in kitchens, bathrooms, and porches, can become extremely dangerous when wet. To prevent falls on slick surfaces use nonslip mats.
  4. Repair or remove tripping hazards. Examine every room and hallway, looking for items such as loose carpet, slippery throw rugs, or uneven wood floorboards. Then repair, remove, or replace those hazards.
  5. Install grab bars and handrails. These safety devices are crucial for maneuvering stairs, getting on and off the toilet, and stepping in and out of the bathtub without injuring yourself.

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