Preventing falls at home
Remove raised doorway thresholds, throw rugs, and clutter. Repair loose carpet or raised areas in the floor.
Move furniture and electrical cords to keep them out of walking paths.
Use nonskid floor wax, and wipe up spills right away, especially on ceramic tile floors.
If you use a walker or cane, put rubber tips on it. If you use crutches, clean the bottoms of them regularly with an abrasive pad, such as steel wool.
Keep your house well lit, especially stairways, porches, and outside walkways. Use night-lights in areas such as hallways and bathrooms. Add extra light switches or use remote switches (such as switches that go on or off when you clap your hands) to make it easier to turn lights on if you have to get up during the night. Install sturdy handrails on stairways. Put grab bars near your shower, bathtub, and toilet.
Store household items on low shelves so that you do not have to climb or reach high. Or use a reaching device that you can get at a medical supply store. If you have to climb for something, use a step stool with handrails, or ask someone to get it for you.
Keep a cordless phone and a flashlight with new batteries by your bed. If possible, put a phone in each of the main rooms of your house, or carry a cell phone in case you fall and cannot reach a phone. Or you can wear a device around your neck or wrist. You push a button that sends a signal for help. Wear low-heeled shoes that fit well and give your feet good support. Use footwear with nonskid soles. Check the heels and soles of your shoes for wear. Repair or replace worn heels or soles.
Do not wear socks without shoes on wood floors.
Walk on the grass when the sidewalks are slippery. If you live in an area that gets snow and ice in the winter, sprinkle salt on slippery steps and sidewalks.
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