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Falls are a big concern for older people because they can lead to serious injuries like broken bones or head trauma. But there are things that seniors can do to help reduce their risk of falling. Here are some of the best safety tips you should consider installing to prevent elderly falls:
- Grab bars: Grab bars can provide support and stability in the bathroom, especially near the toilet and in the shower or bath. Install grab bars securely to provide reliable support.
- Handrails: Handrails on staircases, in hallways, and on outdoor steps can provide support and stability for seniors. Make sure handrails are securely installed and easy to grip.
- Non-slip mats: Non-slip mats can prevent slips and falls on slippery surfaces, such as in the bathroom or kitchen. Install them in areas where water or other liquids may be present.
- Step stools: Step stools with handles can help seniors reach high places safely. Make sure step stools are sturdy and have a non-slip base.
- Lighting: Good lighting is essential for safe navigation, especially at night. Install bright, even lighting in hallways, staircases, and other areas where seniors may need to walk.
- Ramps: Ramps can provide easier access to a home or outdoor space for seniors with mobility challenges. Make sure ramps are installed to code and have non-slip surfaces.
- Raised toilet seats: Raised toilet seats can make it easier for seniors to sit down and stand up from the toilet. Make sure raised toilet seats are securely attached and easy to clean.
- Sensory mats: Sensory mats can detect when a senior has fallen and automatically alert caregivers or emergency services. Consider installing sensory mats in high-risk areas.
- Footwear: Seniors should wear shoes with good support and non-slip soles to reduce the risk of falling. Make sure seniors have appropriate footwear and wear it consistently.
- Assistive devices: Canes, walkers, and other assistive devices can help seniors maintain their balance and prevent falls. Make sure seniors have access to the devices they need and know how to use them safely.