The thought of a loved one falling at home when they are by themselves is scary. Here are some things that you can do to help make your home (and theirs) safer.
- Check rooms, hallways, and stairs for tripping hazards. These can be objects like boxes, trash cans, toys from grandchildren and pets.
- Pull up area rugs and runners or make sure that all floor rugs have non-skid bottoms.
- Keep lights in stairwells. If light switches are difficult to find, consider switching to censored lights.
- Check banisters on stairs to make sure they are sturdy and tight to the wall.
- Install grab bars in bathrooms.
- Consider switching out low toilets for higher ones.
- Avoid walking around the house in socks or slippers… which are easy to “slip” in.
If falls are occurring often, it is important to check with a healthcare professional to find the root of the problem. Your doctor may have you get your vision tested, review your medication and/or recommend physical therapy and a regular exercise program.
Contact your local New Jersey Trinity Rehab for more information on Fall Prevention.