There are a number of very practical ways of preventing injury and reducing the risk falls. The following is a guide and list of suggestions you might consider to help yourslef on a day to day basis.
Safety around the house
- Make your home safe by getting rid of hazards.
- Keep a torch by the bed for night use. Check the batteries often.
- Keep lights on in any area you may need to walk at night.
- Remove or firmly anchor rugs as they may slide or bunch up and cause a fall.
- Keep clutter and cords out of your way.
- Always use the railing on stairways.
- Make sure a light is turned on before you go up or down steps and that the stairway is well lit.
- Don’t let pets walk too closely around your feet.
- Wear low-heeled, supportive and secure shoes with rubber soles.
- Don’t try to move heavy furniture yourself.
- Don’t try to open a window or door that is heavy or stuck.
- Keep the house warm in winter.
- Get someone else to do routine home maintenance.
- Have good lighting in every room.
- Have solid grab bars installed at the toilet and the bath/shower to prevent slipping and falling.
- Use a bath bench and handheld shower head or a shower. Getting in and out of or sitting in a bath may injure your back.
- To brush your teeth, rest on one hand at the back of the sink with your back straight, hips bent, and knees braced against the cabinet.
- When putting on makeup or brushing your hair, use a mirror that can be pulled out towards you.
- Keep frequently used items between eye level and hip height. Use reachers to get things from high places.
- Avoid using a stool or bending over.
- Don’t lift heavy objects.
- When moving dishes in and out of the oven or dishwasher, sit or stand at the side, rather than leaning forward over the door.
- Roll to your side before sitting up on the edge of your bed.
- Sit down or lie on your back to dress.
- When putting on shoes, bring your foot up across the opposite knee.
- When making the bed, bend from the hips and knees. Pull on one layer of bedding at a time to avoid back strain, and tuck the covers under while kneeling.
- Choose long-handled and lightweight tools.
- Don’t bend over. Stand straight or kneel.
- Work at a higher level by using raised beds or planters.
- Avoid lifting heavy bags of weeds and compost.
- Avoid strong tugging at stubborn weeds.