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Safety First At Home
Falls, the majority of which occur at home, are the leading cause of injuries or death for those over aged 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Change positions slowly; sit at edge of bed, sofa, or chair for a few minutes before standing or turning to walk
- Place daily use items like phone, TV remote, or medications within easy reach
- Use assistive devices, such as canes or walkers
- Remove throw rugs
- Repair, replace, or remove torn, worn or frayed carpet
- Widen pathways; rearrange furniture or clutter to allow free movement in home
- Clear floors of papers, trash, and stored items
- Consider installation of grab bars in bathroom tub or shower
- Use night light in bathroom or hallway
- Keep phone, call button, and medical alert pendant close at all times
- Post emergency phone numbers near the telephone
Some helpful handouts created by the National Council