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Fall Prevention Tips

Fall Prevention at Home

Falls happen at home for many reasons. There are several things that are known to add to your risk for falling.  These include:

Our goal is to help you prevent falls at home!

Here are some things that you can do that will help lower your risk for falls at home.

Floors

  • Remove scatter/throw rugs
  • Place non-skid treads or double-sided tape under area rugs
  • Keep floors free from clutter
  • Wipe up spills immediately
  • Make sure floors are not slippery

Clear Hallways and Stairs

  • Remove clutter, especially from hallways and stairwells
  • Use handrails while taking the stairs
  • Place non-skid treads or bright reflective tape to mark the edge of the stairs

Lighting

  • Replace dim, burned out or glaring lights with bright soft white light bulbs.
  • Use a night light
  • Make sure lights are easy to turn on and off
  • Keep a flashlight available

Bathroom

  • Use a raised toilet seat and safety frame for ease in getting up and down from toilet.
  • Set water teperature at 120 degrees or less (prevent burns and falls trying to avoid burns).
  • Consider a hand-held shower head, shower chair and handrails in the tub.
  • Place non-skid adhesive strips in the tub.
  • Use liquid soap or soap on a rope to prevent dropping soap.

Other

  • Store items used often at waist level.
  • Select furniture with armrests for support in getting up and down.
  • Keep phone within easy reach.
  • Dizziness and weakness from poor nutrition or medication change, consult your provider or the outpatient dietician.

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