Remove Trip Hazards
Inspect all areas for potential trip hazards like loose rugs, electrical cords across walkways, and clutter. Securing or removing these items can greatly reduce the risk of falls.
Poor lighting can increase the risk of accidents. Ensure that all areas of the home are well-lit, especially staircases, hallways, and outdoor paths. Consider installing nightlights in bedrooms and bathrooms for better visibility at night.
Install Grab Bars & Railings
In areas where balance and mobility might be an issue, such as bathrooms and stairways, installing grab bars and railings can provide necessary support. Ensure these are securely fixed to the wall.
Adjust Furniture Placement
Arrange furniture to create clear and wide pathways. This is especially important in high-traffic areas to facilitate easy movement without obstacles.
Check Bathroom Safety
The bathroom can be particularly hazardous. Non-slip mats in the shower or tub, a raised toilet seat, and a shower chair can all enhance safety. Also, adjust the water heater temperature to prevent scalding.