According to the National Center on Aging, 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 fall each year. Even more concerning, falls often result in hospitalization or nursing home stays, and are the top cause of fatal injury in aging adults. Up to 75% of falls occur in a person’s home, so it is wise to evaluate your space to make it safer. Here are some places to consider:
- Trip Hazards: Collision with objects in the floor, such as rugs, cords, or other clutter can cause a fall. If possible, try to move these objects away from the main walking path so you are less likely to trip. Also remember that your home may have other uneven walking surfaces, such as stairs or door thresholds, which can also pose a tripping risk. Railings can be added in these areas to provide a place to grab for support if needed.
- Lighting: Ensuring that all floors are properly lit, especially at night, can help prevent falls. Consider using a nightlight to provide extra illumination in the dark.
- Bathroom: The bathroom can be one of the riskiest places in a home. Adding safety features such as grab bars around the toilet or tub, or non-slip mats/decals in the shower, can help prevent accidents. A non-slip shower chair may be a good option for someone that feels unsteady standing while showering.
People suffering from chronic dizziness or imbalance are at a higher risk of falling. Call our office at 904-399-0350 to schedule an evaluation if you experience these symptoms.