7 Best Ways to Prevent Falls in Your Home:
Safety has always been a priority to the human instinct since the beginning of time. After +10 years in the industry, we decided to conglomerate a list of the most impactful safety tips for you and your loved ones to prevent falls at home.
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Find support to be around just-in-case:
A majority of accidents happen when people are alone.
“Safety works when people work together”.
Make sure you have an emergency contact on you at all times.
Don’t be afraid to ask someone for help. Even if it’s only a little.
Check Your Kitchen:
Flooring should be non-skid and no-wax surfaces.
If you use floor mats, make sure they are in good repair and have a non-skid backing.
Keep a sturdy step stool handy.
Check your Bedroom:
Keep a nightlight on to light your path to the bathroom.
Keep a lamp or light switch within easy reach.
Make sure your bed is the proper height.
Keep a flashlight within easy reach.
Keep a phone within easy reach.
Check Your Bathroom:
Tub and shower should have rubber mats or non-skid surfaces.
Have a grab bar – not a towel rack – on the wall in the tub/shower.
No “throw rugs” on the floor! They can be dangerous.
If your toilet seat is too low, install a raised toilet seat and a grab bar onto the wall next to the toilet.
Check Your Living Area:
Your favorite chair should have arm rests.
Chairs and tables should be stable enough to support your weight if you lean on them.
Secure small rugs and runners with carpet tape.
Eliminate all trip hazards such as cords and low furniture.
Check Your Hallways and Stairs:
To increase visibility of each stair, use brightly colored adhesive tape strips on the edge of each stair.
Have good lighting at top and bottom of stairs.
Always use secure and sturdy handrails.
Make sure all stair coverings (carpet or treads) are in good repair, without holes or snags.
Check Your Personal Risk Factors:
If you feel dizzy from time to time, there are several things you can do!
Take time to regain balance when you sit up (from lying down) or standing up (after sitting). Do NOT make sudden changes to position.
Clench your hands and wiggle your toes prior to standing up to move blood flow.
Use a cane, walker or walking stick to support.
When carrying packages:
Divide large loads into smaller loads, leaving one hand free just-in-case.
Avoid walking on stairs or uneven surfaces.
Most importantly DO NOT RUSH.
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