Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. However, there are ways to reduce your fall risk, starting in your own home.
- Lighting – A common time for falls to occur is during the night when going to the bathroom. Install night lights and make sure you have a clear path from your bed to the bathroom.
- Rugs – Rugs present a hazard for tripping, so removing them from your home is the safest option. However, if you find rugs are essential in your home, secure them to the floor to prevent them from sliding.
- Clutter – Tripping over items or squeezing through narrow spaces are a hazard. Pick items up from the floor and store them out of the way.
- Stairs – Ideally you should have handrails on each side of the stairs. If you have hardwood stairs, attach non slip runners to provide more traction.
- Bathroom – Place grab bars next to the toilet and in the shower to give extra support. Place non – slip mats in the shower to prevent slipping.
- Footwear – Wear non – slip socks or slippers with good traction to prevent sliding.
These simple alterations and adjustments to your home will significantly improve your safety and reduce your risk of injury from a fall.