According to the CDC, over a million people a year are seen in emergency departments as a result of falling. It’s important to create a safe environment at home to minimize the risk of falling and sustaining an injury.
- Create clear, uncluttered pathways.
- Remove throw rugs or install non-skid backing on them.
- Move electrical cords out of walkways. Coil or tape cords next to walls to avoid having to walk over or around them.
- Make sure handrails on stairs are sturdy. Install handrails on both sides if possible.
- Rearrange items in your kitchen so that you can reach them easily.
- Place a light near your bed where it is easy to reach.
- Install lights on stairs and night lights in hallways.
- Use grab bars in the tub or shower.
- Put a non-slick mat or stick on strips in the floor of the tub or shower.
Making these changes to your environment will help to reduce your risk of falling.