BALANCE / FALL PREVENTION – HOME ASSESSMENT AND MODIFICATION

HOME ASSESSMENT AND MODIFICATION

  • 60% of falls happen at home (National Institute of Health SeniorHealth, 2013)
  • Home assessment results in 21% reduction in falls (Pighills, Torgerson, Sheldon, Drummond, & Bland, 2011)
  • Interior and exterior of the home needs to assessed for environmental fall risk factors (Elliot, Painter, & Hudson, 2009)
  • Home hazard identification and management by a physical or occupational therapist (Pighills, Torgerson, Sheldon, Drummond, & Bland, 2011)

STEPS FOR HOME SAFETY (CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, 2016)

  • Remove things you can trip over (such as papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
  • Install handrails and lights on all staircases.
  • Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
  • Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
  • Put grab bars inside and next to the tub or shower and next to your toilet.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
  • Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Hang lightweight curtains or shades to reduce glare.
  • Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.

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