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Health Briefs

Make your home more fall-proof

Make your home more fall-proof

Making a home more fall-proof isn't hard. It requires a little awareness, some reorganization, and maybe the services of a carpenter or electrician.

Floors

Rearrange the furniture of each room so you have a clear, easy path across the floor. Remove or tack down throw rugs so they are not a tripping or slipping hazard. Pick up and put away anything that is lying on the floor. Move power cords and wires near to walls and tape them to the floor.

Stairs

Keep steps clear of all objects, from books to flower pots. If the steps are broken or uneven, hire a carpenter to repair them and to install sturdy handrails on both sides of the stairs. If the stairwell is not well-lit, hire an electrician to install a light at the top and the bottom of the stairs, with switches at both ends. Remove or secure loose carpet. If the stairs are not carpeted, paint a contrasting color at the edge of each step so you can see the stairs better.

Kitchen

Do you have to stretch to reach the things you use regularly? Reorganize the kitchen and move those things to a lower shelf. If you must use a stool to reach something, get one that has a handrail on top. Or buy a grabbing tool to reach items on higher shelves.

Bath

Buy a non-slip rubber mat or self-stick strips for the floor of the tub or shower. Hire a carpenter to install grab bars inside the tub and next to the toilet. Use only non-skid bath mats on the floor.

Bedroom

Put a lamp and a telephone close to your bed. Buy a night light to help light the path from the bed to the bath.

For more on ways to decrease falling risks, view How to decrease your risk of falling.