PREVENTING FALLS IN THE HOME
Who’s at risk?
Falls can happen to anyone - they’re the leading cause of unintentional injury death in the home and community. But those 65 and older are most at risk. Falls are the major reason for injury-related death and hospital admission for this age group.
Follow these tips to prevent falls in and around your home:
- Reduce clutter on floors and stairs, and safely tuck telephone and electrical cords out of walkways.
- Keep floors clean. Clean up grease, water and other liquids immediately. Don’t wax floors.
- Use non-skid throw rugs to reduce your chance of slipping on linoleum.
- Get a grip! Install handrails in stairways. Have grab bars in the bathroom, by toilets and in the tub or shower.
- Make sure living areas are well lit. We can all trip and fall in the dark.
- Use a sturdy step stool with hand rails when reaching for something in a high place.
- Stay one step ahead of fallen leaves, snow and ice. Clear them from walkways before they become slipping hazards.
- Periodically check the condition of outdoor walks and steps, and repair any damage immediately.
- Fill any holes or depressions in your yard that might pose a tripping hazard.
Content used with permission from the National Safety Council, a membership organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health.
For more information or to discuss healthy living concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.
In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 08/11/2008