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Removing Home Hazards

Published: Jun 14, 2010

A growing number of seniors are realizing that there is no place they would rather live than the home they have grown fond of. However, the house that was once a haven can become a potential hazard for falls as we get older.

Following are just a few tips on how to reduce the risk of falls at home:

  • Move chairs, coffee tables and other furniture to create safe pathways.
  • Clear pathways of electrical and phone cords, newspapers, boxes, etc.
  • Secure loose rugs, to prevent tripping, with double-faced tape, tacks or slip-resistant backing.
  • Store dishes, food, clothing and other daily necessities in easy reach.
  • Repair loose wooden floorboards and carpeting.
  • Place nonslip mats in the bathtub or shower and nonslip treads on bare wood steps.
  • Improve lighting–as sensitivity to light decreases with age–to decrease the risk of tripping and falling.
  • Locate night lights in the bedroom, hallways and bathroom and place a lamp by the bed within easy reach in case you need to get up in the middle of the night.
  • Install light switches at the top and bottom of stairs so you can switch on lights before going up or down. Consider installing illuminated switches.
  • Use assistive devices to make everyday tasks easier and safer, such as grab bars mounted inside and just outside the shower or bathtub, a raised toilet seat, and a shower chair in the shower or tub.

Let us know if you have other helpful tips to make homes safer for seniors!

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