SAFETY TIPS FOR OLDER ADULTS

Make your Home Safer

Since most falls occur at home, there are a few practical precautions you can take to significantly reduce your risk of falling. Think about your home as you read the following.

Bathroom:

  • The floor should provide good footing when wet.
  • The shower or tub should have a non-slip finish or mat and if balance is a issue, you should have a shower chair and it should allow you easy access to the faucets.
  • You might want to consider a hand held shower head so you can remain seated when bathing.
  • Having grab bars for support when you step into or out of tub or use the toilet is a good idea.

Stairs:

  • Stairways should be uncluttered, in good condition, and well lit.
  • Stairways ought to have stable handrails on both sides if possible, with non slip strips and with light switches at the top and bottom .
  • If you have a balance problem you should try to avoid negotiating stairs alone.

Bedroom:

  • Keep a lamp or flashlight within reach when you in bed.
  • Keep a telephone within reach when you in in bed
  • Allow sufficient space for you to move around the bed and other furniture safely.

Kitchen:

  • Counter tops should be clutter-free so that you can easily set down groceries and other items.
  • Items in cupboards or cabinets should be neither too high or too low but easy to access without assistance. Never climb up on a chair!

General:

  • Chairs should be stable with armrests and the right height for easy sitting and standing.
  • Remove all throw rugs
  • It can be help to use a cane walker at night when you not fully awake.

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