For seniors who choose to remain in their own homes (age in place) as they get older, preventing falls often becomes a top priority. Below are some simple tips that may help you stay at home safely by reducing your risk of falling.
1. Install a Stair Lift
If you have a two-story home or a basement, a stair lift may provide you with a way to easily access all levels of your home.
2. Use Other Mobility Aid Devices
If you have mobility concerns, you may benefit from using devices, such as a cane, a walker, or an electric scooter.
3. Address Bathroom Safety Issues
Installing grab bars and nonslip mats can greatly reduce your chances of falling on a wet bathroom floor. If it becomes difficult to get in and out of the tub, you may also consider installing a walk-in bathtub or shower.
4. Wear Nonslip Footwear
Wearing nonslip shoes or socks with rubber grips on the bottom may prevent you from slipping on slick surfaces. Low-heeled, lace-up shoes may provide the support you need to move around with increased stability.
5. Eliminate Excess Obstacles and Clutter
Take a look around your home for things that may cause you to trip. Reroute electrical wiring or cords if they are in the way, and remove clutter from the floor to ensure your walkways are clear.
6. Evaluate Your Lighting
Install lighting in dark walkways or replace existing lighting that is not bright enough. Using nightlights and placing a lamp next to the bed may also help prevent falls during the night.
According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for people age 65 and older. Keeping these tips in mind may help prevent you from falling and reduce your risk of broken bones or a life-threatening injury.
Natasha is a firm believer in health and wellness for all ages. Having been a family caregiver for her grandmother, she knows what it’s like to go through family trials and tribulations. She is currently a blogger who wants to aid others in understanding the tips of healthy and safe aging that she has come across with her own personal experiences as well as through deep research on the topic.