Tips to Prevent Falls in Home

June 14, 2019

Here are a few tips to help "fall proof" a home:

-Remove throw rugs or scatter mats; their edges are treacherous hazards. Another option: secure them to the floor or ensure they have non-skid backing to keep them from slipping
-Have handrails installed on the stairs
-Ensure stairways are well lit and free of clutter
-Keep walkways free of telephone and electrical cords and other clutter
-Install grab bar(s) and non-slip surfaces to make the bathtub or shower less slippery
-Use a bath seat, if standing up in a shower is difficult
-For those who have trouble getting on and off the toilet, use a raised toilet seat or grab bar
-Improve lighting in the bathroom or hallway by installing a nightlight
-Wipe up any spills immediately to prevent slipping
-Keep items in the kitchen in easy-to-reach locations
-Only use a short, stable step stool with a handrail
-Keep an easy-to-read list of emergency numbers near the telephone
-Keep outside walkways free of leaves, ice, snow and debris
-Wear supportive shoes when gardening or walking around the home
-For those that require one, use a walking aid (e.g. cane or walker)
-Remove your reading glasses when mobile
-Take care not to trip by always checking the floor
-Get help for heavier work around the house or garden

If you want to learn more about keeping your home safe and preventing falls, call Director of Transitional Services Lisa Union at 828-465-8532. Did you know Abernethy Laurels offers home care? Call 828-464-8260.