How Can I Fall Proof My House?
Clear the paths. Keep rugs, extension cords, and additional objects out of the frequently used pathways in the house.
Make items easily accessible. Keep the items that the older adults use the most at arm's reach so they do not have to rely on small ladders or chairs to get what they need. Adults should not have to do any excessive reaching, bending, or climbing to get their things.
Illuminate stairs and dark corners. Add night lights to light the bottom and top of the staircases. Look for additional areas of the house that would benefit from more lighting as well.
Keep the floors skid-free. Wax the floors in moderation. Whenever possible, avoid installing thick pile carpet. If you have area rugs, make sure that they are fitted with non-skid backings. Put non-skid mats in any slippery regions of the house, such as laminate kitchen floors.
Clean up messes right away. Whether one of the kids tracks mud in on his shoes after a rainy soccer game or another kid spills milk all over the kitchen, make sure that the mess gets cleaned up immediately so no one slips in it.
Add handrails. Strategically place handrails so adults have something secure to grab no matter where they are in the bathroom. Make sure that the handrails are installed properly so there is no risk of them coming loose when someone grabs one tightly.
Use traction strips. Add traction strips to the shower or bathtub.
Add a bench. Place a bench with non-slip feet in the shower or tub. Adults are less likely to slip and need fall recovery assistance if they have a place to sit down safely while bathing or showering.
Install an adjustable, raised toilet seat. People are less likely to have difficulties using the restroom when the seat is at the appropriate height at all times.
How Can I Fall Proof the Outside of My Home?
Clear the walkways. Ensure that the walkways, driveways, sidewalks and garden paths are always clear of ice, snow, and other objects.
Light the entryways. If you have poor lighting around any of the entrances to the home and/or around the garage, install proper lighting. Solar powered, sensor lights are a great choice for exterior lighting around the entrance to your home or driveway.
Use traction strips. Place traction strips on the stairs outside of all home entrances.
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