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Fall-Proofing the Home for Any Season

  • Install grab bars in the bathroom – in the tub/shower and near the toilet – and check them regularly for stability.
  • Place non-slip strips or mats in the tub/shower.
  • Consider a bath bench if standing in the shower is difficult.
  • Make sure all traffic areas are well lit.
  • Secure all electrical wiring and cords and keep them out of walking paths.
  • Throw out the throw rugs.
  • Eliminate the need for stepladders by moving all dishes, etc. to an easily accessible location.
  • Install handrails on both sides of the staircase, and mark the top of each step.
  • Wipe up any spills immediately.
  • Keep outside walkways free of snow and ice, leaves and debris.

Make sure your parents or older loved ones:

  • Wear shoes and slippers with non-skid soles and that fit well.
  • Avoid wearing just socks.
  • Keep feet healthy and nails trimmed.
  • Keep glasses handy when going to bed.
  • Get out of bed slowly.
  • Pay attention to any changes in balance.
  • Use a cane or walker if necessary instead of leaning on furniture.
  • Take special care when stepping up or down on curbs.
  • Limit or eliminate alcohol.
  • Get plenty of vitamin D.
  • Test vision and hearing regularly.
  • Exercise regularly to maintain good balance.
  • Manage medications and watch for side-effects.