“Your bones are for life. Look after them and they will carry you far.”- Susan Hampshire
Make your home fall-free
Adapt your home, prevent falls.
Up to 30% of seniors are at risk of falling. And, one of the most common places for falls is in your very own home.
Turn your home into a no-fall zone and lower your risk for serious injury with these tips.
- Floor surfaces need to be non-slip. Avoid waxing your floors as it will make it very slippery. A fixed carpet throughout your house may be your best bet, provided it’s even and not too soft.
- Wipe spills from the floor immediately as you might forget about wet spots later on.
- Rearrange furniture in your house to clear paths. It will make it easier and safer to move around.
- Remove any loose carpets from your floor.
- Pick up any toys, shoes or magazines that may be lying around. Wires around the house are often a hazard and need to be cleared from walking paths.
- Make sure your house is well lit inside.
- Improve lighting with brighter bulbs.
- Have uniform lighting throughout each room.
- Make sure all the stairs are even. Fix any broken or uneven ones.
- Remove any loose carpets, toys, wires or other clutter from your stairs.
- At least one side of the stairs should have a handrail.
- Make sure the stairs are well lit. Replace any burnt-out bulbs as soon as possible.
- Paint the top edge of the stairs a different colour to make it easier to see.
- Keep utensils you use often on lower shelves at waist level.
- Have a steady step-stool handy to reach for objects on higher shelves.
- Remove any loose rugs and replace it with non-slip rubber ones.
- Place a non-slip mat in your bath and shower.
- Fit handles next to your bath and toilet for extra support.
- Sit on a plastic chair in the shower instead of getting into and out of a bath.
- Raise the toilet seat with a toilet seat riser. You can buy one from most pharmacies.
- Make sure the bedroom light is easy to reach from your bed.
- The path from your bed to the toilet must be well lit.
- When getting out of bed, rather roll onto one side and then push yourself up instead of trying to sit upright as this will place more strain on your body.
- Wear non-slip and sturdy shoes inside and outside the house. Avoid walking in slippers or on socks.
- Fix long hemlines of dresses, pyjamas or trousers to avoid tripping and falling.
- Poor eyesight can increase your chances of falling. Get your eyes tested at least once a year.
- If you feel dizzy, get up slowly after sitting or lying down.