Tips to make the home a safer place and prevent falls

Published: Sunday, 15 June 2014 Written by Jude Bailey

We can all do our bit to help make our homes safer and to help prevent people falling at home. Over the years that I have been working delivering the falls prevention classes and similar programmes I have seen many simple ways we can help prevent people falling at home.

 

 Here are just a few tips and ideas:

- Good lighting - particularly on the stairs

- Keep a nightlight on, or a torch by the bed

- Floor clear of trailing flexes, wrinkled or fraying carpets

- Pet are wonderful companions, but are a trip hazard, maybe a collar with a bell attached to remind of their presence

- Make sure steps and stairs are free of clutter

- Handrails are fitted where there are steps or stairs preferably both sides

- Non-slip mat in the bath or shower area

- Non slip rugs in kitchen, stairs and landing and in the bathroom

- Avoid tasks that cause light headiness such as cleaning windows changing light bulbs etc.

- Conditions such as arthritis encourage slow neck and head movements to avoid dizziness

- Gardens can be a particular trip hazard, have a look try and identify the big hazards so you are aware of them.

- Keep warm, cold muscles don’t work as well

- Encourage movements in order to avoid hypotension

 

If we all help and try and make the home safer we all are playing our part in falls prevention and will result in our elderly population enjoying longevity, mobility and independence.

 

If you think someone you know will benefit from joining in our falls prevention classes contact Jude Bailey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07456505553 to talk about the Community Preventing Falls through Exercise Programme.