6 Ways to Prevent Falls at Home

Falls can happen to anyone, but, unfortunately, as we grow older falls can become more common.

In Australia, 7 out of 10 people aged 65 and over are hospitalised for a fall-related injury. In fact, complications due to slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of hospitalisation for people aged over 80.

Now, with most Australians wanting to grow older in their own homes, it’s important to create a safe home environment. We’ve listed 6 ways you can reduce the risk of falls in your home.

1. De-clutter and clean up

One of the easiest ways to prevent falls at home is to de-clutter. Ensure there are no unnecessary items placed around the home, such as cardboard boxes, stacks of old magazines and newspapers or excessive decorations. Keeping the space clear gives you ample room to move around in.

2. Remove or repair tripping hazards

One of the easiest ways to prevent falls at home is to de-clutter. Ensure there are no unnecessary items placed around the home, such as cardboard boxes, stacks of old magazines and newspapers or excessive decorations. Keeping the space clear gives you ample room to move around in.

3. Light up your home

Ensure there is adequate lighting throughout the home, especially at night. A well-lit home will make any potential hazards visible. If necessary, install brighter globes or install motion sensor lights for areas like the pathway to the bathroom for those middle-of-the-night visits.

4. Examine your wardrobe and shoe collection

Long clothing, such as loose cardigans and dresses that touch the floor, may cause a trip hazard. Consider opting for clothes that cannot get tangled up in your legs when you walk.

Wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes or slippers with rubber soles will keep you steadier on your feet and help prevent falling. If wearing heeled shoes is a must, opt for a low and wide heel.

While it’s very tempting to walk around in your socks on those cold winter nights, consider purchasing some safe bedtime slippers with Velcro fastenings that you can slip in to instead.

5. Consider a home visiting occupational therapy service

Occupational therapists specialise in performing home assessments for those who have experienced changes in their physical or cognitive abilities from injury, illness or age. The occupational therapist can identify ways to increase your independence and safety at home, which may include minor home adjustments such as installing grab rails and small ramps or prescribing assistive equipment that make daily tasks safer.

6. Take care of yourself

As we grow older, changes in our body such as vision problems, weakening muscles and stiffening joints can increase the chances of falling. Do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle – eat healthy and nutritious food, drink enough fluids, take your medication only as prescribed and participate in regular exercise to help with your balance and your strength.

If you have a loved one in need of home care services, book a complimentary care consultation with My Care Solution today. My Care Solution provides quality in-home care and support services to help older people across Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula live independently.

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