Here are some tips to help prevent you from falling.
- Stairways and halls are well lit.
- A flashlight with good batteries or a lamp is within easy reach of your bed.
- Throw rugs are removed or have a non-skid backing and are not placed in traffic areas.
- All clutter is cleared from the house, especially from pathways.
- Electrical and telephone cords are placed along walls – not under rugs – and away from traffic areas and do not cross pathways.
- Handrails are used on stairs and securely fastened.
- Elevated toilet seats and stools are used, if needed.
- Spills are cleaned up immediately.
- Outside walks are kept clear of snow and ice in the winter.
- Outside steps and entrances are well lighted.
- You are aware of any medications being taken which may cause dizziness or unsteadiness.
- Alcoholic beverages are limited to no more than two per day.
- When in a seated or lying down position, stand up slowly.
- Steps and walkways are in good condition and are free of objects.
- Steps have non-skid strips or carpeting is securely fastened and is free from holes and fraying.
- Light switches are located at the top and bottom of stairways and at both ends of long halls.
- Doors do not swing out over stairsteps.
- Clearance in the stairway provides adequate head room.
- Porches, balconies, terraces and other elevations or depressions are protected by railings or otherwise protected.
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