The good news is that many falls can be prevented. Fall prevention programs start by taking a quick look around the house and addressing potential hazards. Below is a list of suggestions for fall prevention and for creating a safer home environment:
- Grab bars to get into and out of the tub.
- Use a bath chair or stool in the shower.
- Don't use throw rugs or wax on the bathroom floor.
- Use a raised toilet seat with arm rails.
- Buy soap on a rope, or put a bar of soap in a nylon stocking with one end tied to a towel bar.
- Never get up in the dark-make sure the room is well lit.
- Keep light switch close to bed-Use a Fall Prevention Light-Touch Dimmer.
- Avoid slippery socks or slippers.
- Consider using a Bed Transfer Handle or Bed Security Rail.
- Hide all loose extension cords.
- Consider using a medical alarm.
- Use carpets and rugs with skidproof backing for tacked to the floor.
· Use a long-handled sponge/mop to wipe up spills.
· Keep your floors smooth but not slippery.
· Store your often-used supplies in easy to reach cabinets.
· Avoid hard to reach wall phones, consider a cordless phone that can be carried from room to room.
Around the House
· Stairwells should be well lit; consider nightlights for hallways and bathrooms.
· Wear low-heeled, comfortable shoes with nonskid soles.
· Keep rooms and hallways free of clutter.
· Make sure carpets, including those on stairs, have skidproof backing or are tacked to the floor.