Fall Prevention – Tips to Prevent Falls

February 23, 2009

Walking

Tips to Prevent Falls in the Home

  • Get rid of extra clutter
  • Have telephone cords and electrical cords tied together and out of walking areas.
  • Have frequently used items stored where they can be reached easily so you don’t need to stand on chairs or other unstable items.
  • Be sure carpets are attached firmly to stairs.
  • Have nonslip backing on the bottoms of rugs that slip easily. Glue down vinyl flooring.
  • Keep home well-lit by turning on lights as you go into your home at night.
  • Always have a flashlight nearby.
  • Install night lights in hallways, bathrooms, and bedrooms.
  • Keep a lamp close to your bed that you can turn off and on easily without getting up.
  • Have handrails on both sides of any stairs as well as light switches at each end. Have light switches at each end of halls also.
  • Install grab bars in the bath, shower and toilet areas.
  • Use mats or adhesive non-slip strips.
  • Use a shower stool.

Tips to Prevent Falls When Outside

  • Make sure walkways are cleared of ice and snow and are well lit.
  • Paint stairs and sidewalks with a paint and sand mixture.
  • Paint edges of steps so they are easy to see.
  • When walking use helping devices such as walkers or canes.
  • Wear shoes that are low-heeled with non-slip soles and that fit snugly.
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