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What steps can seniors take to reduce risk of falls and injuries at home?

Written By Samarth Staff | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Anup Bagchi, MBBS, Geriatric specialist

Seniors can reduce their risk of falls at home by removing clutter, securing rugs, improving lighting, installing handrails, wearing proper footwear, keeping pathways clear, using assistive devices as needed exercising regularly, reviewing medications, and having regular eye exams.

As seniors age, their risk of falls and injuries at home increases due to factors such as decreased strength, balance, and mobility. However, there are steps seniors can take to reduce these risks and maintain their safety and independence.

Home Safety Assessment: Conducting a home safety assessment can help identify potential hazards and areas for improvement. Seniors can enlist the help of a healthcare professional or occupational therapist to assess their home environment and make necessary modifications.

Remove Clutter: Clearing pathways and removing clutter from floors and walkways can help prevent trips and falls. Seniors should ensure that floors are free of obstacles such as loose rugs, electrical cords, and clutter.

Improve Lighting: Adequate lighting is essential for preventing falls, especially in areas such as hallways, staircases, and bathrooms. Seniors can install brighter bulbs, add nightlights, and use motion-sensor lighting to improve visibility and reduce the risk of accidents.

Install Grab Bars and Handrails: Installing grab bars and handrails in key areas such as bathrooms, staircases, and hallways can provide seniors with additional support and stability. These safety features can help seniors navigate their home safely and reduce the risk of falls.

Use Assistive Devices: Seniors with mobility issues can benefit from using assistive devices such as canes, walkers, and wheelchairs to improve stability and reduce the risk of falls. It’s essential to ensure that these devices are properly fitted and maintained for optimal safety.

Exercise Regularly: Engaging in regular exercise can help seniors improve strength, balance, and flexibility, reducing their risk of falls and injuries. Simple exercises such as walking, tai chi, and yoga can help improve stability and prevent falls.

Medication Management: Seniors should review their medications with their healthcare provider to identify any drugs that may increase the risk of falls or dizziness. It’s essential to take medications as prescribed and be aware of potential side effects.

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