Quick Tips to Prevent Falls at Home
Simple steps around the house can keep you standing tall.
More than one in three adults 65 and older will experience a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than bruising your pride, an accidental trip or slip can lead to serious health problems, such as a bone fracture or head injury.
Use these tips to keep your home and family safe:
- Light the way. “Good lighting can help prevent falls,” says Tina Virgin, R.N., M.S.N., clinical education specialist and community health advocate at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville. “Use nightlights to see during trips to the bathroom at night.”
- Clear a path. “Remove unnecessary items, such as loose rugs and wiring, to prevent falls,” says Virgin. “Furniture should also be placed so you do not have to walk around it.”
- Hang on. Handrails on stairways and in bathrooms (both in the shower and next to the toilet) can provide an added grip.
- Get educated. Several Texas Health hospitals offer a Matter of Balance course for seniors interested in learning how to fall-proof their lives, including tips about how to fall to minimize injury and how your medications can impact your balance.
To learn more about the Matter of Balance program, visit TexasHealth.org/Classes