Did you know that more than one in four older adults in the United States falls each year? Many seniors have lived in their houses for a long time and haven’t considered the potential fall hazards hidden around their home. If you’re concerned about the safety of yourself or an older loved one, take a look around your home for these four home hazards to prevent dangerous falls:
Loose rugs or carpeting
Is the carpeting torn or loose? Do your house have throw rugs? It’s a good idea to repair any torn or ripped carpeting that might present a tripping hazard. Loose throw rugs should be secured to ensure they don’t move or twist under your feet. Older adults should also be mindful of the shoes they wear around the house, as slippery soles or floppy slippers can cause a fall, even on carpeting.
The stairs are another area that can pose a dangerous fall risk for seniors who may not have as much strength as they once did. Steady U Ohio recommends installing handrails on one or both sides of any staircase in your home. It’s also a good idea to check stairs for any signs of damage, such as worn carpet or cracks that could pose a fall risk. Finally, avoid leaving items in the stairwell or hanging things on the handrails.
Poorly lit rooms or hallways can also present problems for older adults. Ensure your home has proper lighting around the house, especially in areas without many windows. Place flashlights in easy-to-access places or install floor-level lighting for added visibility around your home.
Appliance and telephone cords
It’s easy to miss electrical cords and extension cords around the house. Keep cords from vacuum cleaners or other appliances out of the way, and ensure no cords cross the walking path. Avoid placing cords under the carpet as it may create an uneven walking surface.
Evaluating potential trouble areas around your house is a good start to assessing the safety of your home. If you’re worried about the safety of your home, consider the benefits of moving to a retirement village. With assistance available 24/7, a retirement village is designed to offer seniors safety and security while accommodating their changing health needs.