Are you prone to falls or do you have a hard time keeping your balance?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 8 million people are injured in falls each year.
- De-clutter your home—avoid unnecessary trash and toys on the floor.
- Read medicine labels—drugs that cause dizziness can result in falls.
- Maintain a well-lit home.
- Keep eyeglass prescriptions up-to-date.
- Put away rugs that could be a tripping hazard, or tape them to the ground.
- Wear socks or slippers with rubber traction.
- Avoid excessive use of alcohol—or mixing alcohol with drugs.
- Repair loose floorboards or rips in carpet immediately.
- Clean spills immediately.
- Use non-slip mats in the bathroom or shower.
- Use a night light when traveling to the light switch at night.
- Keep flashlights available for use during power outages.
- Use handrails for stairs.
- Use non-slip tread on hardwood staircases.
- Use a raised toilet seat and hand rails.
- Use bars in the shower or tub for stability.
- Use a seat in the shower or tub, as well as a removable nozzle.
- Arrange furniture to allow you to walk freely.
CILCP’s Home Modifications & Access Services can assist you with grab bars, stair lifts, ramps, and more to allow you to access your home safely, avoiding falls and injuries. Learn more about Home Modifications & Access Services »
CILCP’s Live Well Ally, HomeCare for Living Well, can assist you with attendant care services your way! Attendant Care Services can provide you with an in-home attendant, who will help you access your home safely to complete daily tasks and chores without falling. Learn more about HomeCare for Living Well »
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