It can take some time to fully modify a loved one’s home to reduce the risk of falls. Work with your community hospital’s home care department to develop a fall prevention checklist. On your checklist, be sure to include outdoor modifications, such as installing bright lighting on all walkways and handrails along all steps. Replace any walkway material that is broken or uneven, and keep the areas swept clean of debris.
For the bathrooms, your fall prevention checklist should include tasks such as laying down non-skid bathmats, installing grab bars, installing a raised toilet seat, and plugging in a nightlight. Write down tasks to improve the safety of the stairs, such as removing loose rugs, replacing worn rugs, installing handrails, and using strong lighting. Throughout each room of your home, it’s a good idea to avoid the use of any type of floor wax. Avoid leaving debris on the floor that might pose a tripping hazard. Arrange the furniture so that it is easy to maneuver around it. Your fall prevention checklist should also include an examination of all of the carpeting and rugs in the home. Replace worn out carpeting with carpeting that features a low, dense pile and eliminate all loose area rugs or secure them with double-sided carpet tape.
At the Balance Center of Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg, your loved one can improve coordination and balance, and learn to reduce the risk of falls. For more information about our healthcare services, including our home care agency and our Balance Center, call (855) 245-8328.