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How to Eliminate Fall Risks In Your Home

Elderly woman with walkerTwo of the most common causes of injuries among seniors are falls and motor vehicle accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year one in three adults over 65 years of age will fall. Many of these falls often result in hip fractures, cuts, and brain injuries. However, this problem is not without some solutions. There are some measures one can take to make their home a safe, less hazardous place.

You do not have to remodel your home in order to make it safe. There are some simple changes you can make without having to go through an extreme overhaul. This includes:

Remove the clutter: An organized, de-cluttered space is a safe space, with fewer fall hazards. If your floor is covered in things that do not belong there, it creates an environment where accidents are more likely to happen.

Repair tripping hazards: Do your wooden floorboards stick up, or is the carpet loose? Repairing items in your home is not a purely aesthetic endeavor, but rather something that is directly related to your safety.

Avoid baggy clothes: Dressing in the right attire at home can be as important as the home itself. Loose clothes are comfortable, but if they are too loose, you could trip. Make sure your pants are hemmed at the proper length and do not drag on the ground.

Adequate lighting: If it is too difficult to see where you are going, you can easily fall, so make sure that your home is equipped with enough lighting, particularly in hallways and stairways. Install brighter light bulbs in areas where you often walk.

Move carefully: It may sound obvious, but it is important to take your time when you move. When navigating stairs, move slowly. Many accidents can be prevented from simply taking the extra time to ensure you do not trip from making abrupt movements while in a hurry. Nothing is more important than your safety.

At Home Healthcare has served the state of Texas since 1986, providing unmatched home care throughout the state, with 13 offices that service 110 counties throughout Central, East, and Northeast Texas. Call us today at 877-959-9093 to learn more about our services.

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