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FALL PREVENTION AROUND THE HOME
Consider some simple changes around your home to prevent falls.
- Keep commonly used items within easy reach.
- Use a sturdy step stool when you need something from a high shelf.
- Keep sure appliance cords out of the way.
- Avoid using floor polish/wax in order to reduce slick surfaces.
- Install grab bars that are strong enough to hold your weight on walls around the tub and beside the toilet.
- Add nonskid mats or appliques to bathtubs.
- Install a portable, hand-held shower head.
- Add a padded bath or shower seat.
- Install a raised toilet seat if needed.
- Use nonskid mats or carpet on floor surfaces that may get wet.
Living, Dining and Family Rooms
- Keep electrical and telephone cords out of the way.
- Use a television remote control and cordless phone.
- Arrange furniture so you can easily move around it.
- Make sure chairs and couches are easy to get in and out of.
- Remove any wheels from furniture.
- Put in a bedside light with a switch that is easy to turn on and off (or a touch lamp).
- Use a nightlight.
- Place a telephone within reach of the bed.
- Adjust the height of the bed to make it easy to get in and out of.
- Use a firm chair, with arms, to sit and dress.
Stairways, Hallways and Pathways
- Keep these spaces clutter-free.
- Make sure carpet is secured and get rid of throw rugs.
- Install tightly fastened hand rails running the entire length and along both sides of stairs.
- Apply brightly colored tape to the face of steps to make them more visible.
- Ensure adequate lighting in stairways, hallways, and pathways, with light switches at each end.