Senior safety Tips for preventing falls at home
Did you know that falls are one of the primary causes of injury for people aged 65 and over? According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, approximately 85 per cent of injury-related hospitalizations among seniors are caused by falls, and at least half of those incidents happen at home. Therefore, it’s important to ensure your home is secure and adapted to your needs.
In order to prevent falls from happening on your property, follow these valuable tips:
• Secure your carpets to the floor or have them removed
• Leave the passage between your bedroom and bathroom clear at all times
• Have support bars installed next to the toilet as well as in the bath and shower
• Store big, heavy objects in easily accessible areas
• Use a stable ladder with a guardrail to reach elevated areas
• Make sure the walkway and steps leading to your house are well maintained and free of ice, snow or leaves
• Ensure that stairs, hallways and thresholds are well lit
• Keep pathways clear of obstacles and avoid leaving objects lying around the stairs
Furthermore, to preserve your balance and strength, eat a healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, stay active, manage your medication wisely and invest in assistive devices if necessary. After all, your safety depends on it!