Falls are the number one cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older Americans. AARP provides a checklist so your loved one can avoid the risks and dangers that come with their increased chance of falling. Consider making these safety modifications to make their home slip-free.
AARP’S PREVENTING FALLS CHECKLIST
Use non-skid contrasting tape, rubber stair treads, or coated, skid-resistant treatment on non-carpeted stairs; apply tape to dry, clean surfaces at one-inch intervals; use three long
strips of tape on each step.
Take your time and pay attention when you’re on the stairs.
Be especially careful when you carry large loads.
Don’t wear shoes you can slip in.
Be careful when you
can’t reach the handrails.
can’t grasp them properly because they’re in an awkward shape.
encounter uneven steps, obstacles on the steps, or non-skid treads that are too small.
find floor wax, surfaces in poor repair, worn tread surfaces, or poorly secured floor coverings on your floors.
experience distractions around you.
1+1 Cares also provides protocols your loved one can take for fall prevention.
1+1 Cares is a referral agency that works for clients and caregivers. We match caregivers with clients and inform them of your requirements. We work for you so you and your loved one can have a safe, enjoyable caregiving experience.
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