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Preventing falls at home!

Posted on January 09, 2014 by kim

One of the missions of Whole Home is to enable the elderly to age in their homes. A key to being able to remain in your residence is safety and health. One of the biggest risks to older adults is falling and fall related injuries. Last year, nearly 300,000 Ohioans 65 years and older had a fall and one third of those falls resulted in injuries. Use the checklist below from Eldercare.gov to fall proof your home and help you continue to live an independent and mobile life.

A CHECKLIST FOR PREVENTING FALLS IN YOUR HOME

Stairways

- Make sure all handrails are not broken and are securely fastened.

- Both sides of the steps should have handrails.

Floors and rugs

-  If your floors are hardwood, tile, or laminate, invest in some non-slip shoes.

-  Make sure all floor boards are even and rugs, including area rugs, are secured to the floor with tacks, non-skid pads or double-sided tape.

-  Use non-skid floor wax.

Bathroom

-  Be sure that you can move safely in bathroom area, and in and out of the tub or shower.

-  Remove soap build-up in tub or shower on a regular basis.

-  Place non-slip strips in bath/shower.

-  Install adjustable height shower heads.

-  Mount grab bars at the toilet, bath and shower on walls with secure reinforcements, to prevent the bars from coming loose.

-  Secure bath mats with non-slip, double-sided rug tape.

Kitchen

-  Items that you use frequently, such as dishes and food items, should be easy to reach.

-  If you have to use a step stool, make sure that it has a bar at the top to hold on to.

Lighting

-  Place nightlights in hallways, bedrooms, bathrooms and stairways.

-  Install light switches at the top and bottom of stairs.

-  Place a lamp (and telephone) near your bed.

-  Keep lighting uniform in each room and add lighting to dark spaces.

We are all susceptible to injuries sustained from falls, but the injuries worsen as we age. The key to reducing your fall risk is prevention; if you need help modifying your house to prevent falls, please call Whole Home Modification at 513-574-4950.



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