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7 Tips for Creating a Safe Home Environment to Prevent Falls

As we age, our homes need to adapt to our changing needs. Given that a significant percentage of falls happen in and around the home, making it a safer environment is an important part of fall prevention. Here are seven key tips to help you create a home that supports your safety and independence.

1. Improve Lighting

Proper lighting is vital to avoid falls. Install bright lights in hallways, staircases, and rooms, ensuring every area of your home is well lit. Consider night lights in bathrooms and corridors for safer navigation during nighttime.

2. Remove Clutter

Keep your floors clear of clutter. Shoes, boxes, cords, and other items pose a tripping hazard. Regularly tidying up can help create wide and clear paths in all areas of your home.

3. Install Handrails and Grab Bars

Install sturdy handrails on both sides of stairs and grab bars in the bathroom, including the shower, bathtub, and toilet area. These safety additions provide necessary support and stability.

4. Secure Rugs

Loose rugs can easily cause a slip. Ensure all rugs are secured with non-slip underlays or double-sided tape. Alternatively, consider removing them altogether.

5. Maintain Outdoor Areas

Keep outdoor areas clean and free of debris. Outdoor lighting can help illuminate paths, while installing handrails can provide support where the ground might be uneven.

6. Store Items within Reach

Try to store frequently used items where they can be easily reached. The less you have to climb or stretch to reach something, the less likely you are to lose your balance.

7. Use Non-Slip Mats

Use non-slip mats under carpets and in potentially slippery areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens. This can significantly reduce the chance of slipping.

Creating a safer home environment is a proactive way to prevent falls and protect your independence. At Back in Action Therapy, our team is dedicated to helping you live a safe and active life.

If you feel you or a loved one is at risk of falls and needs professional assistance, we encourage you to contact us for a fall prevention evaluation. Our experienced therapists can help assess your risk and provide personalized solutions. With Back in Action Therapy, you're taking a confident step towards preventing falls and maintaining your health and independence.

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