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Preventing Slips & Falls in the Home
Preventing Slips & Falls in the Home
In 2004, unintentional falls caused or led to 18,807 deaths. All age groups are vulnerable but older adults are most at risk. In fact, 80% of those receiving fatal injury are over the age of 65. Falls continue to be the major reason for injury-related death, injury and hospital admission for older adults.
Follow these tips to prevent slips and falls in your home:
  • Keep the floor clear. Reduce clutter and safely tuck telephone and electrical cords out of walkways.

  • Keep the floor clean. Clean up grease, water and other liquids immediately. Don't wax floors.

  • Use non-skid throw rugs to reduce your chance of slipping on linoleum.

  • Install handrails in stairways. Have grab bars in the bathroom (by toilets and in tub/shower.)

  • Make sure living areas are well lit. We can all trip and fall in the dark.

  • Be aware that climbing and reaching high places will increase your chance of a fall. Use a sturdy step stool with hand rails when these tasks are necessary.

  • Follow medication dosages closely. Using medication incorrectly may lead to dizziness, weakness and other side effects. These can all lead to a dangerous fall.
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