Simple steps to help to prevent falls in the home

A fall can result in significant injuries. There are some simple steps to take to minimise falls risks

A fall can result in significant injuries. There are some simple steps to take to minimise falls risks

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There are things you can do to minimise the risk of a fall occurring in the home, from simple things like mopping spillages to making sure bulbs are high-wattage.

  • Make sure any rugs and mats are attached to the floor and are non-slip
  • Arrange cupboards and shelves so important things are within easy reach
  • Fasten any unavoidably trailing wires to the floor, such as with duct tape
  • Make sure that any spillages, particularly liquid spillages, are cleaned up as soon as possible
  • Fasten trailing wires to the floor, such as with duct tape
  • Be aware of the obstacles that unnecessary clutter can cause
  • Check your carpets for tripping hazards such as fraying or ruffles
  • Keep working torches on hand in case of power outages
  • Use high-wattage light bulbs and make sure there are replacements available
  • Encourage your relative to take care of their feet, for example by trimming their toenails regularly and wearing well-fitting shoes. Make sure that slippers around the home are supportive. It's best not to wear ones that you slip your feet into; instead there is a good range of 'bootee'-type slippers that have zip or Velcro fastenings and non-slip soles.

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