Preventing falls is made easier with the specialized tools and supplies on hand at home. Making a house safer for its occupants includes making alterations to limit as many hazards and risks as possible. Check out these tips for help with preventing falls at home and lowering the risk of injury.
Preventing Falls at Home: Tips for Lowering the Risks
Accidents happen, but there are important tips you can follow to ensure that the risks of falling at home are minimized for those in your care. Consider these ideas for the different areas around the home to increase safety for the aging adults in your life:
Walkways: Stairs & Hallways
- Ensure that handrails are securely installed on both sides of the stairs and advise users to grasp both side railings while going up or down.
- The stairway should be well-lit with a light at both the top and the bottom of the stairs and at the ends of hallways.
- Clutter should be cleaned up and not left on the floor near or on stairs or hallways.
- Carpets should be fixed to the floor, not allowing for them to slip or move when walked on.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
- Night lights should be placed next to the bed and in the bathroom, and light switches should be near to the bed and easy to access along the path to the bathroom.
- In the situation that the power goes out, flashlights should be placed in key areas around the house, but especially near the bed and in the bathroom.
- For hard floors and in bathrooms use non-skid mats and strips to prevent slipping.
- Grab bars near the bed and the toilet make it easier for users to stand safely from a sitting position.
Common & Living Areas
- Keep walkways clear of small/low furniture, electrical cords/wires, and pets.
- Ensure that all chairs and sofas are the right height for users to sit in and get out of safely.
- Encourage the use of a grabbing tool to reach items that are too high up or too low to the floor.
Fall Prevention Solutions & Tools for the Home
More Tips & Ideas for At-Home Fall Prevention
If you’re looking for more ways to make a home safe for aging adults or preventing falls, consider stopping by the Patient Handouts page to find valuable tips. Also be sure to explore the rest of the blog to find more tips and ideas. Follow the link below to find a list of great daily living tools that can increase independence and make daily living safer for aging adults.