Because we spend much of our time at home, this is where people tend to have falls. In order to reduce that risk, there are changes that can be implemented. These changes include the following:
- Keep a night light on or keep a flashlight beside your bed in your bedroom in case you need to get up in the dark.
- Remove any throw or area rugs, especially if the corners do not lie flat.
- Place non-skid mats or strips in areas that commonly get wet, such as the tub or shower.
- Keep floors tidy to prevent tripping.
- If possible, install handrails if you have steps to enter/exit your home.
- Turn any lights on before walking into a room or down a hallway.
- Make sure you always walk with a cell phone or an emergency response necklace/bracelet, especially if home alone.
Preventing falls is important due to the risks involved, such as possible fracture, hematoma, or traumatic brain injury. Implementing these changes as well as an evidence-based exercise program can help reduce your risk.