Open 24 Hours

5 Tips to Prevent Falling in Your Home

Your home should always be a safe place. Learning these 5 steps for fall prevention can help you keep it that way. Seniors are prone to falling due to physical health problems and issues with balance. The places in the home that most frequently cause falls are cramped and damp spaces. You are most likely to fall in the bathroom, bedroom, and stairways.

Some of the most serious fall injuries are because of inadequate handles and hard surfaces. We recommend that you take these preventive steps to decrease the likelihood of falling in your home.

Fall Prevention Tips

1. At night, make sure that your hallways and bedrooms are well lit.

Lighting plays a large role in decreasing falls. When a cramped area is poorly lit, it can easily create a dangerous situation. Make sure that light switches and lamps are in easy to reach places so in the event that you need to walk to another area at night, you aren’t forced to do it in the dark.

2. Decrease clutter.

The less items that are in your way, the safer you can navigate the space in your home. Uneven surfaces are much more difficult to navigate and can cause an unsafe situation. As much as it might be inconvenient to pick up clothing, shoes, boxes or other materials, keeping your floors absent of obstacles will make your home safer

3. Use a non-slip bath mat.

After a shower or bath, your bathroom floor can become damp or slippery. Either have a towel or a mat ready to walk on so you don’t slip. Also try to install handles and bars where you can. Installing some safety equipment can add balance and reduce the risk of falling.

4. Store frequently used items in an easy to reach place.

Many kitchens are built with cabinets that are too high to access without the help of a ladder or a step stool. Seniors that have joint pain and trouble with balance should avoid using ladders and step stools. Instead, use the first shelf for items used daily. This will prevent any dangerous accidents from happening.

5. Move slowly throughout your home.

Make sure you allow yourself enough time to carefully navigate your home. Most of the time, the faster you are moving, the more clumsy and unbalanced you will become. Never be in a rush, even if you need to get something from another room or go to the television in time to catch a TV show. Rushing in your home is never worth it because it increases your chances of tripping and falling.

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.