Fall PreventionExercise & Teaching Designed to Reduce the Risk of Falls
Choice Health at Home Teaching Fall Prevention Strategies
Most people’s homes are littered with falling hazards, particularly for older adults who may have vision problems, or lower balance and agility. By taking a look around your living room, kitchen, bathrooms, hallways, and stairways, you can start to rectify the problem. Remove loose items on the floor like rugs, boxes, papers, or cords that pose tripping hazards. Furniture such as ottomans or other things like pet beds should be moved from high-traffic areas, and rugs can be secured with slip-resistant backing. Make sure your bath mats have a non slip base and place a bath seat in the shower for more accessible bathing.
You may need to adjust the lighting, too, as older adults may not be able to see as clearly. Put LED nightlights in hallways and bathrooms to avoid the need to look for light switches in the dark. A lamp on nightstands can help your loved one find their eyeglasses more easily for middle-of-the-night needs. In case the power goes out, keep flashlights nearby in a place you’ll remember.
Assistive devices like a cane, walker, rollator, or wheelchair help offer better movement capabilities for mobility-impaired adults and can help prevent a potentially dangerous fall. To increase safety, add handrails one either side of your stairways, a raised toilet seat, and grab bars for the shower/tub or next to the toilet.