Whether you are a caregiver or an older adult yourself, it is so very important to take the necessary precautions needed to avoid tripping and/or falling and hurting yourself. Falls are the number one cause of injury in older Americans, contributing to the most incidents of bone fractures and traumatic brain injury. While falling is common among our older population, it is not inevitable and can be avoided by “fall-proofing” your home.
The riskiest room in any home is the bathroom for a variety of reasons. Here are our top suggestions to making this room (and all rooms) as safe as possible for you and your loved ones.
• Create clear walking paths. If your bathroom is small or generally cluttered, take time to move some furniture around to create a clear and safe walking path. Remove any bags or pet bowls, electrical wires or other “trip-able” items from the path so it is easy to get in and out.
• Secure your carpets and throw rugs. Bathrooms are often a room where we use foot mats and other throw rugs for decoration or to sop up water after bathing. Be sure to use non-slip rugs here and/or secure them to the floor with double-sided tape to avoid slipping.
• Add rails and non-slip mats to your shower. If you don’t already have them, consider adding hand rails and non-slip rubber mat in your shower/bathtub. This will help give you more stability in an otherwise slippery place.
• Install motion-activated lighting. Good lighting is a simple way to avoid falls because it allows you to see better. If there is a room in your home that does not have easy access to light switches, add some motion activated lights to help light your way.
In general, staying active and eating a healthy diet will improve your overall balance, strength and coordination. Always take time to incorporate exercises into your everyday life that focus on core and lower body strength and balance. This will help ensure you are your strongest self always.
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