Today, Americans are living longer while staying active and healthy. However, according to National Safety Council, adults 65 and older are at risk for falls:
- One in three older adults falls each year
- More than 250,000 hip fractures are reported every year, and 95 percent of those are from falls
Some of the underlying causes of older-adult falls, such as muscle weakness, medications that cause dizziness, improper footwear, impaired vision, slick floors, poor lighting, loose rugs, clutter and uneven surfaces, can be improved.
What can you do to make your home or the home of someone you care for safer?
- Remove clutter, small furniture, pet gear, electrical cords, throw rugs and anything else that might cause someone to trip
- Arrange or remove furniture to allow for plenty of walking room
- Secure carpets to the floor
- Use non-slip adhesive strips on stairs
- Use non-skid mats or appliques in the bath and shower
- Install grab bars in the tub, shower and near the toilet
- Install railings on both sides of stairs
- Provide adequate lighting in every room and stairway
- Make often-used items more accessible, like food, clothing, etc., so an older person won’t be tempted to use a stool or ladder to get to them
Adapted from: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/safety-at-home-falls.aspx