Prevent Falls With Home Modifications
(Morristown, VT, USA)
My mother was falling quite a bit. Her eyesight has gotten worse and her balance isn't quite as good anymore. However we noticed most of her falls were the result of her home environment.
As a result we decided to do a once over, to remove hazards from her home and add safety precautions as well.
With respect to removing hazards, we did the following:
1. Removed her area rugs. Unfortunately, her area rugs were kind of curling up. She would stumble on the edges quite often. We tried taping them down, but she still caught her feet on the corners. Getting rid of them helped a lot.
2. We got rid of lamps with wires that got in the walking path. She actually tripped on a wire once. There's really no excuse for this one.
3. We got rid of anything that was stacked in the hallway, such as her laundry basket next to the bathroom.
4. We got rid of the doormat in front of the front door, which she stumble on.
5. We got rid of her rug in front of her kitchen sink, which didn't have rubber backing.
The safety precautions we added were as follows:
1. Added grab bars in the shower and by the toilets
2. Added grip tape to the bottom of the shower floor
3. Got rid of her slippers that didn't have sling back heels (they would often fall off)
4. Got her a help button so she can call in case she fell and limit the damage
5. Have her do exercises to help with her strength and balance
6. Get her eyes checked every year
7. Have her doctors review her meds (one was making her dizzy)
She hasn't had a fall since!