TIPS* for preventing a life-changing fall
As we age, our balance, strength and eyesight lessen. Falls are the #2 reason people over 70 are hospitalized! We can make minor changes in our homes to lower the possibility of a fall that will limit how and what we can do - sometimes permanently.
At doors and in rooms:
Install lever handles - they are much easier to manage
Install rocker-type light switches - same reason
Install pullout or pull-down shelving in cabinets
Install light activated night lights
Install task lighting toward specific surfaces or areas
Remove throw rugs
Cover electrical cords with small portable ramps
In the bathroom:
Grab Bars are Great! Install grab bars for getting in/out of a shower or bathtub and inside a shower. A bar by a toilet makes a big difference for getting up and down safely. The Department of Health has free grab bars. Just call 518.828.3358 for more information.
A hand-held shower head solves many problems.
A non-skid surface or mat in a tub or shower reduces risk of an accident.
At the sink, replace two-handle faucets with single lever faucets.
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* Source: Columbia County Office for the Aging publication, Elder Express.