Whether it’s slippery floors, rickety stairs, or electrical cords on the floor, some of the most common causes of falls are actually in your own home, where you might have a false sense of security. That’s why fall prevention starts with creating a living space that’s safe.
Luckily, this doesn’t have to involve major home changes . You can make your home a safer place designed for the elderly with just a few basic changes.
- Clean up clutter. The easiest method for preventing falls is to keep your home clean and tidy. Remove all clutter, such as stacks of old newspapers and magazines, especially from hallways and staircases.
- Repair or remove tripping hazards. Sometimes, home fixtures can contribute to falls, and other injuries. Examine every room and hallway, looking for items such as loose carpet, slippery rugs, or wood floorboards that stick up. Then repair, remove, or replace those items for more effective falls prevention.
- Install grab bars and hand rails. These safety devices are the key to going up and down stairs, getting on and off the toilet, and in and out of the bath without injuring yourself.Have a handyman or family member help with this, A lot of councils can also help with this if needed.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing. You want to feel comfortable at home, but baggy clothes can sometimes contribute to your risk of falling, opt for tighter-fitting and properly hemmed clothing that doesn’t bunch up or drag on the ground.
- Light it right. Inadequate lighting is another major hazard that can stand between you and preventing falls at home. To create a home that’s more suitable for fall prevention , install brighter light bulbs where needed, particularly in stairways and narrow hallways. Also night lights in hallways or on landings can help with night-time visits to the bathroom.
- Wear shoes. Socks may be comfortable, but they present a slipping risk. Preventing falls at home can be as simple as wearing shoes and anti trip slippers
- Make it non-slip. Bathtubs and showers, as well as floors in kitchens, bathrooms, and porches can become extremely dangerous when wet. For preventing falls on slick surfaces, placing non-slip mats where appropriate.
- Live on one level. Even with precautions such as guard rails, stairs can present a significant falling hazard. “If possible, live on one level, Otherwise, be extra careful when you negotiate stairs.”
- Move more carefully. Many people fall at home by moving too quickly from a sitting to a standing position and vice versa. Preventing falls of this nature is as easy as simply taking your time. “All you have to do is pause after going from lying down to sitting and from sitting to standing, Also take a pause before using the railing on stairs, whether going up or down.”
Fall prevention means injury prevention. Ask your loved ones to help you ensure that your rooms and stairways are clutter-free and well-equipped with lighting, hand rails, grab bars, and non-slip mats, to help you avoid falling — Check your garden and garage as well make sure that the pathway and steps to your property are well maintained and also well-lit, have a plan that you can put into action in case of an emergency, These tips can go a long way toward keeping you safe in your own home.