Risks of falls

Risk of Falling – and how to prevent them

Where do you want to live as you grow older? Most people want to remain in the surroundings to which they are comfortable in, their own home. This is likely because of familiarity. Shops, markets and pharmacies become an informal support system of family, friends and neighbors. Home is truly where the heart is!

But as we age, we need to make sure it is safe living at home. Flights of stairs, dim lighting, large pieces of furniture can become hazardous. There are improvements that can help your loved one’s home meet their changing needs. Here are modifications that could help the home adapt:

Quick fixes to reduce the risk of falls:

  • Arrange furniture, rugs and carpet to avoid trips or slips
  • Clean up clutter, and organize for easier access
  • Make sure electricity wires are not exposed or cords are in walkways

Small safety upgrades:

  • Grab bars in the bathtub or shower and next to the toilet
  • Raised toilet seats
  • Improved lighting indoors and out
  • Handrails on both sides of stairs
  • Rocker-type light switches

Major projects:

  • Roll-in shower
  • Additional or lowered kitchen cabinets
  • Widened doorways
  • Stair lift
  • Elevator
  • Ramps or ramped entryway
  • Nonslip flooring

Bring in the experts

There are many things mentioned about that you can do on your own. But keep in mind, many home modifications are best left to experts. After all, you do not want to make a living situation more dangerous or an even bigger safety issue with do-it-yourself and YouTube led projects. Poorly planned and built features can be useless and even hazardous. Choose a qualified contractor. Ask for recommendations from friends taking care of elderly relatives or other family members.

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