There are so many precautions we can take to
safeguard the home and prevent falls. Perhaps
you have a parent living with you, or you're an
older adult living alone. Here are some things
you can do to safeguard your home.
- Use non skid floor mats.
- Wear non skid slippers.
- Watch for wiring on the floor and
- Be mindful of objects on the floor.
- Use a night light. Have your vision
- Have a physician to review your
- Keep your walker or cane within reach.
- Start exercising for strength and
- Install grab bars in the shower and near
- Use a shower seat if you're unable to
stand for long periods.
- Avoid stepping stools. Try to keep
everything within reach.
- Have family or friends to check on you
There have been reports of older adults who
have fallen in the home and have not been
found sometimes for days. Please know your
neighbor and adhere to the last suggestion.
Have friends and relatives to check on you
regularly. If a fall does occur and you fracture
or break your hip you basically become
immobile. If you are someone who has an
older adult with you in the home monitor all
falls for causes. Look for any recent changes in
medication or behaviour, document on a fall
log and report these findings to a physician.
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Two-thirds of those who experience a fall
will fall again within six months.