The CDC reports that about 36 million falls are reported among older adults each year—resulting in more than 32,000 deaths. It is incredibly important to do everything possible to prevent seniors you love from falling. As those we love get older, the risk of negative side effects that can come from an unexpected fall gets higher.
Helping to prevent falls can be as simple as making quick modifications to a home, here are some suggested tips for fall-proofing:
● Have handrails on both sets of stairs and make sure they are tightly fastened
● Make sure there is bright enough lighting, along with light switches at the top and bottom of any stairs, and on each end of a long hall
● Mount grab bars near toilets and on both the inside and outside of your tub and shower
● Put night lights and light switches close to your bed
According to the CDC, one out of every five falls causes an injury, such as broken bones or severe wounds on the head. Because of this, loved ones and seniors must plan and try their best to prevent falls within the home.
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