In a split second, you can find yourself horizontal on the floor or in your driveway, calling for help. Even a minor fall can create a major injury, requiring weeks or even months of recovery. While you may not be able to safeguard against all risks in and around your home, a few simple changes can reduce your chances of a debilitating fall.
Be on the lookout for trip hazards such as electrical cords extending into doorways and walking paths. Keep the use of throw rugs to a minimum and make sure the ones you use have a rubber back that prevents them from slipping on the surface they protect. Use night lights to illuminate hallways when the lights go out for the night. If a loved one isn’t as steady on their feet as they used to be, help them install railings and hand grips to provide them with added confidence when walking, bathing, or using stairs. Outdoors, keep walkways and driveways clear of snow and ice. Take a flashlight with you if you are walking or running at night.