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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

 

Take Steps to Prevent Falls at Home

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June is National Safety Month. Young kids may simply bruise or scratch when they fall, but older adults may break bones or cause injuries that lead to death. Learn some safety tips we all could use to prevent falls at home.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Did you know about half of all falls happen at home?

When was the last time you fell at home?  What was the cause of that fall?  For those 65 and older, 30-50% of falls result in some injury.

Look around your home and see if you can make it a safer place to live.  The following safety tips may help you or a loved one prevent falls at home.

  • Brighten up the place: Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Hang light-weight curtains or shades to reduce glare.
  • Check the floor: Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping. Remove things you can trip over (such as papers, books, clothes, shoes) from stairs and places where you walk. Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
  • Add handrails: Have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower. Install handrails and lights in all staircases.

Truman VA’s Patient Safety Manager encourages you to speak with your Primary Care Provider about injury prevention.  Some considerations may include hip protectors, low beds or medical alert systems.  Learn more about preventing falls at home.

Brought to you by the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program

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