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SAFETY TIPS TO PREVENT FALLS IN SENIORS

elderly woman in pain after falling

Thousands of older adults experience breaking a bone from a bad fall each year. This is according to National Institute on Aging. Simple tripping on a rug or slipping on wet floors can start a more serious health problem and lead to long-term disability. The risk of falling and fall-related problems rises with age. However, many falls can be prevented. Here are some essential tips to prevent falls.

  1. Placing nonskid mats, strips, or carpets on all surfaces that may get wet and installing grab bars in your shower and toilet area can help prevent slipping on wet floors.
  2. Keep your walking area tidy. Don’t leave books, clothes, papers, and shoes on the floor or stairs.
  3. Ensure there is good lighting with light switches at the top and bottom of your stairs. Alternatively, you can use a motion-activated light that automatically turns on when you walk by stairways and pathways.
  4. Position your night lights and light switches close to your bed. Keep a flashlight by your bedside in case the power goes out and you need to get up.
  5. Place a landline or well-charged phone near your bed in case you fall and need to call 911.
  6. Keep frequently used pots, pans, and kitchen utensils where they are easy to reach.
  7. If you have steps leading to your front door, make sure they are not broken or uneven and you should also add non?slip material to outdoor stairways.
  8. Turn on your porch light before leaving if you plan on returning home after dark.
  9. Keep electrical cords near walls and away from walking paths.
  10. Don’t let your cat or dog trip you. Know where your pet is whenever you’re standing up and walking.
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