As we age, falls become more of a danger. Normal decorating practices that once caused little risk can begin to pose a significant danger when age, coordination, and medication-induced instability come into play.
Adult children of aging parents often wonder how to reduce fall risk in their parents’ homes.
Here are some things to look for:
- Area Rugs – Remove unnecessary rugs in the home. Rugs in front of the kitchen sink or other area rugs can cause falls.
- Rocking Chairs – The curved legs of a rocking chair often pose a risk.
- Cats and Dogs Underfoot – Beloved animals also tend to pose a fall risk, as they stand underfoot.
- Lighting – Brighter lighting can make it easier to spot hazards and judge placement of furniture.
- Too Much Furniture – For each furniture item, consider whether it is necessary. Consider getting rid of low coffee tables, footstools, magazine racks, and plant holders.
- Furniture, Low Pots, or Knick-Knacks in pathways.
- Un-sturdy Chairs or Furniture – Imagine falling and grabbing the piece of furniture for support. Will it hold your weight?
- Slippery Tub and Shower – Install non-slip decals, a shower seat, and grab bars.
- Uneven Paving Stones – Check outdoor paths and garden areas for uneven paving stones, un-corralled hoses, and slippery moss or plant matter peaking up though cracks.
- Electrical Cords – Check for wires and cords in traffic areas.
With a bit of effort and a critical eye, you can help your loved-one reduce the risk of falls in their home!