“Fall Proofing” your home for the holidays
With the holiday season upon us, many of our homes will be visited by older family members and friends. Keep in mind that these visitors are not as familiar with your home as you are, especially after dark. Make sure your home is as safe as possible for your visitors by reviewing the home safety tips below and taking action.
- Clear all clutter from walkways and stairs such as books, newspapers, shoes, toys, etc.
- Use only throw rugs with rubber, non-skid backing. Always smooth out wrinkles and folds in carpeting
- Provide sturdy seating that is easy to get out of: straight back, firm seat, arm rests
- Make sure electrical cords are not a trip hazard
- Create a sleeping area for seniors on the main level of your home if possible
- Stairways should be well lit from both top and bottom and have easy-to-grip handrails installed along the full length of both sides of the stairs
- Position a light within easy reach of the bed
- Provide extra blankets within easy reach of the bed
- Make sure path to the bathroom is well lit and clutter free
- Create a non-slippery surface in the shower or tub with abrasive strips (adhesive on back)
- Grab bars can be installed on the bathroom walls next to the bathtub or even on the tub itself
- Consider a toilet riser with arms for your toilet
- Contain pets
- Set your hot water tank to 120 degrees or less
Tips from Remembering When: A fire and fall prevention program for older adults -a train-the-trainer grant-funded program offered through the National fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).