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Preventing Falls in the HomePrevenci³n de las ca­das en el hogar

Preventing Falls in the Home

As you get older, falls are more likely. That's because your reaction time slows. Your muscles and joints may also get stiffer, making them less flexible. Illness, medications, and vision changes can also affect your balance. A fall could leave you unable to live on your own. To make your home safer, follow these tips:

Floors

  • Put nonskid pads under area rugs.

  • Remove throw rugs.

  • Replace worn floor coverings.

  • Tack carpets firmly to each step on carpeted stairs. Put nonskid strips on the edges of uncarpeted stairs.

  • Keep floors and stairs free of clutter and cords.

  • Arrange furniture so there are clear pathways.

  • Clean up any spills right away.

Bathrooms

  • Install grab bars in the tub or shower.

  • Apply nonskid strips or put a nonskid rubber mat in the tub or shower.

  • Sit on a bath chair to bathe.

  • Use bathmats with nonskid backing.

Lighting

  • Keep a flashlight in each room.

  • Put a nightlight along the pathway between the bedroom and the bathroom.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2005-02-18T00:00:00-07:00

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Fort Myers, Florida 33908
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Bonita Springs, Florida 34134
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Sanibel, Florida 33957
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Clewiston, Florida 33440
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