Ways to Avoid Falls At Home
Many of the fragility fractures sustained by adults
age 50 and older occur in the home. Although it’s not possible to prevent all
falls, some simple measures can help reduce the risks of falling and suffering
a broken bone.
● Remove trip hazards such as throw rugs, electric
cords and clutter.
● Place frequently used items within easy reach.
● Use a step stool with handrails to reach upper
shelves and other high places.
● Place skid-proof backing on area rugs.
● Secure all carpeting.
using slippery wax on hard-surface floors.
grab bars in the tub/shower and close to the toilet.
a bath seat with skid-proof legs or a non-skid rubber mat in the tub/shower.
and use handrails on both sides of stairwells.
your home well lit.
supportive shoes with non-skid soles.
● Consider carrying a mobile phone so you can reach
help if needed.
Sources: Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center Fracture Liaison Service