Environment and Home Hazards

Check out the environment. Look things over with fresh eyes. A throw rug that is not secured, a slick bathroom floor and no grab-bars installed can all cause falls. These safety ideas can make falls less likely:

Light the Way to Safety

Keeping the inside and outside of the home well-lit can help to avoid tripping, bumping and falling on objects that are hard to see. These are some lighting ideas to make the environment safer:

Use Assistive Devices When Necessary

The doctor, home health agency, or physical therapist might recommend an assistive device like a footed cane or walker to keep the person steady. There are many kinds of assistive devices and inexpensive ideas that can help:

Home health agencies work closely with therapy companies. Ask for a referral to a doctor, physical or occupational therapist. He or she can help you find other fall-prevention strategies. Some solutions are easily installed and relatively inexpensive. Others may require professional help or a larger investment. Every county in the United States is also served by an Area Agency on Aging (AAA). Often there is additional help available to persons who are at risk of falling. The AAA may be able to offer solutions, advice and low-cost or no-cost prevention measures to keep seniors at home and independent longer. If you have identified a low-income homeowner who cannot afford to make necessary changes to their home, there may be a Rebuilding Together affiliate that can help. Visit rebuildingtogether.org to learn more about repairs and modifications to homes. Many states and local communities have low or no-interest loans, tax credits or other programs for home modifications for those who are older or disabled.