Many seniors’ hearts are set on remaining at home throughout aging, instead of making a move to an assisted living facility or nursing home – close to 90% of them, according to research done by AARP. To remain at home, the key is safety. Take all precautions to prevent senior falls! 

Do you know that 1 out of every 4 seniors 65 and older has a fall each year and   6 out of every 10 falls happen in a seniors own home?  Many senior falls can be prevented by making simple changes in  home living areas, as well as personal  lifestyle changes.

Slips, Trips and falls can cause major injuries. These may include:
-Breaking the hip and bones
-Head injuries
-Loss of life
Injuries can lead to other senior health problems. If a senior has a bad fall and long-term bed rest is needed, a person may get:
-Pressure ulcers ( “bedsores” )
-Joint problems
-Pneumonia, a serious lung infection
Even a minor fall can cause big problems for seniors
-A loss of Independence
-Injuries may leave a person unable to manage everyday living without help
-Depression
-A person may feel helpless and lose interest in activities he or she used to enjoy, these feelings  can occur due to a great fear of falling again

Here is how you can help reduce risks for most slips, trips and senior falls:

  1. Is there enough light? Make sure: 
    -That all rooms, stairways and hallways are well-lit
    -There are night lights in all Bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways.
  2. Are walking areas clear? Make sure:
    -Furniture doesn’t block walking areas
    -Electric cords are out of the way
    -You watch out for pets underfoot
  3. Is the flooring safe? Make Sure:
    -Rugs are low-pile and secured with nonskid pads
    -To remove all throw rugs from the home
    -You clean floors with only no-wax cleaners
  4. Is the bathroom safe? Make Sure:
    -There are grab bars in the tub or shower and by the toilet
    -There are nonslip bath strips or a nonslip mat in the tub or shower
  5. Is the kitchen safe? Make Sure:
    -That frequently used items are easy to reach
    -You use a sturdy one-step stool with side railings, if your only option is to climb to reach higher items
  6. Are stairways and steps safe? Make sure:
    -There are handrails on both sides of stairways and outside steps
    -That stairs have nonskid treads
    -That you place colored strip marks on the first and last step to help guide you safely
  7. Please consider mobility aids, such as:
    -Canes
    -Walkers
    -Crutches
    -Wheelchair or scooter
    -Sturdy Shoes

Take every precaution to “fall proof” your home!