How to prevent falls

Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors.

  • Jan. 27, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors.

To help protect yourself from falls, follow these tips:

In the bathroom:

• Use a rubber bath mat for the tub and shower.

• Install grab bars by the toilet and bath to help you sit and stand.

• Use a bath seat in the shower and a raised toilet seat, if you need them.

• Wipe up any moisture or spills right away.

In the living room and bedroom:

• Reduce clutter.

• Have good lighting throughout the house.

• Make sure paths are clear between rooms.

• Move slowly out of your bed or chair.

In the kitchen:

• Store kitchen supplies in easy-to-reach locations.

• Store heavy items in lower cupboards.

• Use a stable step stool with a safety rail for reaching high places.

• Always wipe up spills immediately.

• If you use floor wax, use the non-skid kind.

• Ask for help with tasks that you feel you cannot do safely on your own.

Around stairways:

• Make sure your stairs are well lit.

• Have solid handrails on both sides of the stairway.

• Remove your reading glasses when you go up or down stairs.

• Never rush up or down your stairs.

Around the exterior of your home:

• Keep front steps and walkways in good repair and free of snow, ice and leaves.

• Keep the front entrance well lit.

• Put tools away when you are not using them.