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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

TESTIMONIALS

Dr West took such wonderful care of my husband Dick and that care extended his life by years. I continue to be fortunate to have him helping me to stay healthy. I wish there was a way for everyone to experience that quality of medicine.

By the way in the last two days this office is the only place that took my temperature before they would let me in. Shell Point and another doctors' office just ask you the questions as to where you have been lately.

Keep up the good work! PH

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