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HOME MODIFICATIONS TO PREVENT FALLS
• Rearrange furniture. Ensure no furniture is blocking pathways between rooms.
• Reduce clutter. It’s easy to accumulate clutter, such as boxes. Take the time to declutter your home, especially the hallways and stairs.
• Install handrails on both sides of the stairs. Each should be 30 inches above the stairs and extend the full length of the stairs.
• Install nightlights. Keep the halls/walkways in your home well-lit and consider a nightlight in your bathroom. A clear path is especially helpful when trying to get to the restroom in the middle of the night.
• Secure all loose area rugs. Place double-sided carpet tape or slip-resistant backing on all loose rugs around your home, including the bathroom.
• Proper storage. Store items that you use on a regular basis within easy reach. For example, clothes, shoes in your bedroom and dishes and cooking equipment in the kitchen.
• Install grab bars on the shower wall.
• Wear the right footwear. Wear properly-fitting shoes with nonskid soles. Avoid high heels. Tie your shoelaces. Never walk in your stocking feet. Replace slippers that have stretched out of shape and are too loose.
• Clean up immediately any liquids, grease or food spilled on the floor.
• Designate a play area. Children may have lots of toys scattered around the house. It’s important to contain those toys in a dedicated play area and clean up the toys after kids are done playing to avoid tripping.
• Keep walkways clear. Keep the path between your front door, driveway and mailbox well-lit and clear of debris.
Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons