More than 75% of falls take place inside (or close to) the home. But you can make some simple and quick changes to help “fall proof” your home.
- Make sure all of your rooms, hallways and entryways are well lit (including nightlights) so you can see things you might trip over.
- Keep all floors and stairs clear of clutter.
- Remove throw rugs or fasten to the floor with carpet tape.
- Install nonslip mats or strips in your tub and shower. Nonslip shoes to wear around the house can be helpful, too.
- Install grab bars next to the tub, shower and toilet.
- Get your vision and hearing checked regularly. Poor vision and hearing may make it hard for you to avoid objects (or fluffy companions) that make you lose your balance.
- Arrange to have snow and ice cleared from your steps, sidewalks and driveway.
We’ve got lots more tips and steps you can take to help prevent a fall. Use this printable safety checklist as a guide.
If you’re unsteady on your feet
Even when you take precautions, sometimes you can still fall. Talk to your doctor about your medications. Can any cause dizziness? And if you have pain, weakness, or balance problems, your doctor may suggest you use a walking aid.
Why it’s important to try to prevent yourself from falling
Trust us; it’s worth the effort to reduce your risk of falling. One in five falls causes a severe injury, like a broken bone or head injury. Every year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.1
Staying active – even the simple act of walking – can help you maintain your strength and improve your balance. Of course, remember to talk to your doctor first about the type and amount of physical activity that’s right for you.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html, accessed 10/11/17
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