Is your living space filled with hazards that could cause you to fall? Changes can make you safer. They could even save your life. Take a careful look around your home. Change what you can on your own. Hire someone or ask friends or family to help with harder tasks.
Remove things that can trip you, like throw rugs, boxes, piles of paper, or cords.
Don’t store items on stairs.
Keep walkways clear.
Clean up spills right away.
Replace glass tables with wooden ones. They’re safer if you fall.
Add handrails to both sides of stairs.
Buy a raised toilet seat.
Add grab bars near the toilet and in the shower.
Get grabbers to help you reach things and avoid climbing.
Add nightlights to halls, bedrooms, and bathrooms.
Put light switches at the top and bottom of stairs.
Be sure each room and flight of stairs has proper lighting.
Use shades or curtains to cut glare from windows.
Put flashlights in each room. Replace burned-out bulbs.
Get glowing light switches for room entrances.
Use nonskid floor wax.
Buy a nonslip mat and a liquid soap dispenser for the shower.
Tack down carpets or use slip-resistant backing.
Put most-used items within easy reach.
Add bright paint or tape on the top front edge of steps.
Save big jobs, such as moving furniture or other heavy objects, for family or friends.
Get professional help installing grab bars. They can be unsafe if not installed the right way.
Don’t tackle everything at once. Focus on one room at a time. The bathroom is a common spot for falls, so you may start there. Or start with a room you spend lots of time in, such as your bedroom. Make only a few changes at once. This will give you time to adjust to them.
You might arrange for these changes yourself, or you might need to talk to your building manager or homeowners’ association about them.
Have loose boards on porches or damaged stairs repaired.
Have rough edges, holes, or large cracks in sidewalks or driveways repaired.
Have hazards that could trip you, such as hoses or vines, removed.
Use high-wattage light bulbs (100 or greater) near outside doors and stairs.
Get handrails added to outside stairs. Have them extend beyond the bottom step.
Get help in winter weather with ice or snow removal.
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