Fall Prevention Tips

A thorough home evaluation is a great way to prevent senior falls and serious injury. 70% of Accidental Deaths in people over the age of 75 result from falls.  40% of all nursing home admissions are attributable to repeated falls at home. 25% of seniors who suffer hip fractures die within one year.

Home Safety Checklist:

•    Steep stairs

– Install lights and colored tape on each step to provide visual distinction between one step and the next

•   Trouble reaching overhead?

– Bring commonly used things down to lower shelves

•    Trouble getting in & out of the bathtub?

– Add grab bars to shower walls

– Use a bath chair & hand-held shower

– Low-clearance shower

– Use non-slip tub mats

•    Trouble getting in and out of chairs?

– Select firm chairs with arms

•   Throw rugs?

– Low pile and skid-free

– Tape or tack down edges

•   Clutter in your walking space?

– Appropriate length oxygen tubing to avoid tripping

– Keep objects out of the way such as cords and clutter

·    Dark hallways or stairwells?

–  Increase the wattage of the bulbs

–  Add automatic nightlights in bathrooms and hallways

–  Add bright tape strips to the edge of each stair

–  Keep extra light bulbs on hand

–  Keep a charged flashlight near your bed

Contact your local Happier at Home to schedule a free home safety evaluation.