Today we’re sharing some advice and tips on how to avoid trips, falls, injuries, and slips. These unfortunate things happen to the best of us. While it is true that adults 65 and older are more susceptible to falling, it can happen to anyone at any age and any stage of life. Injuries affect many people, regardless of age. While some occurrences are entirely out of a person’s control, others are avoidable. Here is how to fall-proof your home.
Clear Any Walking Paths in the Home
Any areas of your home that has a lot of foot traffic should be clutter-free. Stairs shouldn’t have anything on them that prohibits people from walking safely. Areas surrounding your furniture should have a clear path. We also suggest that you minimize the number of throw rugs in your home, as they are a common item that causes people to trip, slip, or fall.
Avoid Slippery Surfaces
One tip that helps people avoid slippery surfaces is by having a sturdy bath mat outside of the shower area to prevent wet floors. What also helps is non-slip matters in the tub and simply being aware of any water that might splash on the floor during hand washing.
Make Sure That The Home is Well-Lit
One of the number one culprits behind people falling is them not being able to see. Hallway lighting should be well-lit as well as any areas where people enter and exit the home. Not only does ample lighting matter, but people being able to use the lights with only the flick of a hand. For those who have injuries, or limited mobility, it may be hard for them to twist a light switch. Another great option is having motion detection lights which turn on automatically whenever you need them.
Invest in Home Elevators, Stairlifts, Wheelchair Lifts, and Dumbwaiters
What do all of these devices have in common? They make life more convenient and safer. One reason that trips, falls, injuries, and slips happen is because people aren’t safely executing their everyday tasks. For example, trying to carry too many groceries up the steps is dangerous (even for someone who can normally walk up and down the steps with ease). For someone who already has an injury or compromised mobility, it’s even more dangerous. Dumbwaiters can make transporting items safer. The same goes for a home elevator. Stairlifts and wheelchair lifts also help take away some of the obstacles that come with compromised mobility.
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