Safety in the Home

Safety in the Home

November 15, 2018

Falls account for nearly one-third of all non-fatal injuries in the U.S., according to Injury Facts, the source for statistical data on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council.

For some, falls result in hurt feelings, skinned knees or broken bones. For others, falls can signal the beginning of lifestyle changes – or even lead to death.

Because the natural aging process can affect vision, strength and balance, adults 65 and older are at elevated risk for falls, however falls are not a natural part of aging and can be prevented. Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall, and many more are injured according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Talk to your Doctor. Talking to your doctor is the first step in figuring out your personal fall risk and what changes you can make to be safer. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your prescriptions and over the counter medications regularly.

Make your home safer. While falls can occur, they most often occur at home. Try these tips to make your home safer:

  • Remove clutter, small furniture, pet gear, and any thing that might cause someone to trip.
  • Arrange or remove furniture so there is plenty of room for walking.
  • Add grab bars inside and outside your bathtub or shower.
  • Put railings on both sides of the stairs, and make sure stairs and hallways have good lighting.
  • Make sure outdoor areas are well lit.