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Life SkillsFall Preventation, Part 1

Fall Preventation, Part 1

Falls typically occur due to three factors. These include personal factors such as ability, environmental factors such as clutter in the walkway, and activity-based factors which could be participating in an activity where the demands are greater than your ability. However, falls are preventable.

Bedroom Hazards

In the picture below, can you see how the bedroom on the left may be dangerous? What are the major differences you see?

  1. Cluttered nightstand – no room for a lamp, which provides lighting
  2. Objects on the floor – clutter can lead to tripping, loose throw rugs can be dangerous
  3. Non-accessible phone – without a phone close by, you may be rushed to get to it
  4. Awkward furniture arrangement – no easy access to a doorway

Stair Safety

In the picture below, can you see how the bedroom on the left may be dangerous? What are the major differences you see?

  1. Missing handrail
  2. Clutter on the stairs
  3. Stairway lighting

Tip: If your stairs are the same color, adding painter’s tape or something to add contrast to the ends of each step can make each step more visible.

What About The Kitchen?

In the picture below, can you see how the bedroom on the left may be dangerous? What are the major differences you see?

  1. Poor placement of items that are used the most
  2. Non-secured rug
  3. Pet dishes underfoot

General Tips

Some other fall preventation tips:

  • Wear shoes that are the correct size and ones that have rubber soles to help with traction.
  • Handrails or a ramp may be appropriate for you to go up and down stairs to get in/out of your home.
  • Ensuring that your environment is well-lit and free of clutter will greatly reduce your chances of having a fall.
  • A healthy lifestyle will decrease your risk of falling.

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