Understanding Falls and Implementing Fall Prevention
There’s a lot that you can do to prevent falls. Going around your house and picking up clutter is the most obvious step to take. Don’t wait until a fall happens to you or a loved one to take action. Prevention is always sensible.
Remove Tripping Hazards
Picking up clutter is a great way to making your home less of a tripping hazard. There’s a tendency as we get older to retain things like newspapers and magazines beyond their expiration date.
Adding a bathroom rug can render a tiled bathroom floor less of a fall hazard, repairing wooden floorboards that are peeling upwards, and installing guardrails along stairs can all reduce the chances of a fall.
Tripping in these everyday environments can understandably catch one totally off guard, which creates more problems because there’s less bracing for a big fall.
If you notice newspapers and magazines piling up near staircases and poorly-lit hallways, then consider boxing them up and moving them to a bedroom. Then again, the trash outside might be a better destination.
Your home itself can be a hazard, however. Home fixtures and loose carpeting can oftentimes contribute to serious falls because homeowners, especially older homeowners, are not anticipating taking a fall when traversing a room.
Add Ample Lighting
Adding nightlights in the bedroom and motion-sensing lights around the house can decreases the chances that poor nighttime visibility translates into a nasty fall.
Brighter bulbs – a bright light bulb is one producing more lumens, a measure of brightness – might be recommended for older Americans. Stairways and hallways might especially benefit from being better lit.
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