Tips to prevent falls

3 years ago | by

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Did you know 30% of people over 65 will fall at least once a year? Having a fall in your home can be quite scary but there are a few things you can do to prevent it.

Tips for you:

Assess your home or book an assessment with us to make sure your home is clear of hazards

Get your eyes checked once a year after you turn 65

Join an exercise class to improve  your strength and balance

Have your emergency numbers handy, like next to your bed and in the bathroom.

Tips for your home and garden:

Outside & garden area:

Make sure you have appropriate handrails along stairways and ramps

Ensure access areas and pathways are free of obstacles

Check your decks, stairs and railings are always in good repair

Bathroom:

Install grab rails at showers, baths and toilets

Remove your shower hob or bath and install an accessible shower

Have anti-slip solution painted on your bathroom tiles

Kitchen: 

Don’t store heavy items in high cupboards

Have electrical items checked by an electrician to make sure they are all in working order

Make sure all your heavily used items are easy to access

Around the house: 

Keep stairways and passage ways clear

If you have rugs, secure them down to make sure they don’t move with you.

Ensure there is adequate lighting and easy switches

Make sure all the electrical cords are tucked away and not in access areas

 

If you’d like an Occupational Therapist or one of our builders to come out and complete an safety assessment on your (or someone you care about) home please give us a call today – 02 6651 2143

 

 

Comments

  1. Braden Bills

    I’ve been trying to come up with a good way to make my home safer. I didn’t know that handrails were so important! I’ll be sure to have them installed as soon as I can.

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