June is National Safety Month and during this time, it’s high time to put the spotlight and what can be done to prevent injuries and deaths at home, at work, and on the road.
One of the safety issues the nation faces is falling, especially for individuals who are age 65 and older. It accounts for 69 preventable deaths per day among seniors and causes injuries and a drastic change in a person’s quality of life.
Today, let’s look into the ways to prevent falls in the home. No, they don’t require a major home renovation or overhaul. In fact, these safety measures are very simple, practical, and easy to do.
1. Tidy up and Remove Clutter
A stack of books or newspaper, clothes strewn on the floor, and shoes that are lying around on the hallways can all be falling hazards. Clean up your home and remove objects that can cause you or your family to accidentally trip or slip, especially on areas that you frequently pass by to get from point A to point B.
2. Get Rid of Slip Hazards
Loose rugs and faulty flooring should be removed, repaired or replaced as they can cause you to trip, fall off balance, and possibly get injured.
3. Light it Up
Install adequate lighting in the different areas of your home, especially crucial places such as hallways, stairs, and bathrooms. Night lights are also advised so that there’s still enough light source in case any of your family members needs to go to the bathroom or kitchen in the middle of the night.
4. Go Non-Slip
If you don’t find it comfortable to wear non-skid shoes while you’re at home, at least go for non-slip socks. Placing non-slip mats on kitchens, bathrooms, and porches can also make your household less prone to falls.
5. Install Hand Bars and Handrails
Hand bars and handrails are sturdy home installations that can help keep your balance when going up and down the stairs or going in and out of the bathroom.
6. Wear Clothes that Fit Properly
While loose clothing can be more comfortable, they may cause you to be more susceptible to falls and accidents. Wear clothes that snug more closely to your body to avoid hems from dragging on the ground or getting accidentally hooked on a fixture, which may cause you to trip and fall.
7. Consider Living on One Level
If you want to lessen your risk of falling in the home, consider living on one floor only. Otherwise, you can try to minimize the times that you need to take the stairs. Make sure that the things you use often are close by and placed on the floor that you spend most of your day in.
8. Move with Care
Lessen your chances of falling by making a conscious effort to move around more carefully. Take your time and avoid rushing as much as possible. Take pauses before shifting from one position to another. For example, you can get in the shower or tub with your weaker leg in and get out with your stronger leg first to avoid slipping.
9. Address Vision Problems
Issues with eyesight can contribute to your likelihood of falling. If you’re manifesting signs of vision problems, it’s best to get immediate medical attention. Meanwhile, if you’re living with an eye condition, make sure that you get regular check-ups.
10. Store Essential Household Items Within Reach
Keep the common things you use frequently on lower shelves and easy to reach storage places. This will prevent you from reaching high or climbing on ladders and helps avoid falling accidents or injuries.