Falling is one of the most common causes of loss on independence among older adults. Falls can result in broken bones, hip fractures and head injuries.
Furthermore, even falls without a major injury can cause an elderly person to become depressed fearful, making it hard for them to stay active. However, there are many steps you can take to prevent falls. Below is a checklist you can use to make your home suitable for older adults to live.
Ensure that stairways are well-lite and include sturdy handrails on both sides. Carpet runners should be firmly in place. If you have low vision, increase lighting throughout the house, especially at the top and bottom of stairs. Ensure that lighting is readily available when getting up in the middle of the night.
Keep all furniture and electrical cords out of walking paths. In addition make sure to fasten all carpet to the floor with tacks or tape and avoid using throw rugs.
Install non skid mats and hand grab handles inside and outside the shower and tab, as well as, near the toilet. Bath benches and shower curtains help minimize the risk of falling.
Put a lamp by your bed and a light switch by the door so you don’t have to walk across the room to turn on the light. Ensure that you plug all night lights into electrical outlets in bedrooms, halls and bathrooms. Keep a torch next to your lamp in case of power outages.
Avoid using difficult to reach shelves. Furthermore, never stand on a chair and use nonskid wax for your floors. Ensure that all spills are wiped immediately.