Home Safety Tips — Top 7 Ways to Prevent Falls

Seven Best Ways to Prevent Falls in Your Home

  • Remove all clut­ter from floors.  Keep halls and walk­ing paths clear.
  • Reor­ga­nize your kitchen and pantry shelves.  Keep every­thing you use on a reg­u­lar basis on a shelf that’s easy to reach.  Avoid stand­ing on your tip­toes or hav­ing to reach your arms high over­head to retrieve some­thing.

  • Improve your light­ing.  Install night­lights in your halls and bath­rooms.  You can also install glow-in-the-dark light switch­es, espe­cial­ly in your bed­room, so if you have to get up in the mid­dle of the night you’ll eas­i­ly be able to flip on the light.
  • Use non-slip mats in your tub and show­er.
  • Get rid of the bars of soap and bot­tles of sham­poo in your show­er.  Replace them with dis­pensers installed on the walls.  Then you’ll nev­er have to bend over to retrieve some­thing you’ve dropped.
  • Store a flash­light (check to see if the bat­ter­ies are fresh!) in a draw­er by your bed.
  • Your may have to low­er your bed.  If your bed is too high you can slip off the edge while you’re sit­ting on it or try­ing to get in or out of it.

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3 Responses to Home Safety Tips — Top 7 Ways to Prevent Falls

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  2. George Blomme says:

    Ron-
    My expe­ri­ence with elder­ly peo­ple is not to have a com­bi­na­tion of wood floors with car­pets here and there. Go for wall-to-wall car­pet, and it will improve sta­bil­i­ty and stop those nasty falls where wood and car­pets come togeth­er.

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