The outside world can be a dangerous place, yet about half of all falls happen at home. To make your place a safe home, try following these guidelines:
• When using a ladder, have someone hold the bottom; avoid standing on the top rung.
• Remove things you can trip over (such as papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
• Avoid small rugs; use double-sided tape to keep rugs from slipping.
• Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a stool.
• Have “grab bars” put in next to your toilet, and in the bath or shower.
• Use non-slip mats in the bath and on shower floors.
• Improve the lighting. Elderly people need brighter lights to see well.
• Have handrails and lights put in on staircases.
• Wear shoes that give good support and feature non-slip soles.
• Subscribe to a medical alarm service, so that if you fall and can’t reach a phone, you can summon help.
This page was last updated on 12th November 2012