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Fall prevention checklist for older adults, caregivers

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Caregiver support is an important part of successful aging.

Linda Pritchett joined us at FOX8 to talk about a safety checklist when dealing with aging parents.

Fall prevention checklist

  • Keep moving and work on balance
  • Wear sensible shoes

Remove home hazards

  • Remove boxes, newspapers, electrical cords and phone cords from walkways.
  • Move coffee tables, magazine racks and plant stands from high-traffic areas.
  • Secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or a slip-resistant backing — or remove loose rugs from your home.
  • Repair loose, wooden floorboards and carpeting right away.
  • Store clothing, dishes, food and other necessities within easy reach.
  • Immediately clean spilled liquids, grease or food.
  • Use nonslip mats in your bathtub or shower.

 Light up your living space

  • Place night lights in your bedroom, bathroom and hallways.
  • Place a lamp within reach of your bed for middle-of-the-night needs.
  • Make clear paths to light switches that aren’t near room entrances. Consider trading traditional switches for glow-in-the-dark or illuminated switches.
  • Turn on the lights before going up or down stairs.
  • Store flashlights in easy-to-find places in case of power outages

Use assistive devices

  • Hand rails for both sides of stairways
  • Nonslip treads for bare-wood steps
  •  A raised toilet seat or one with armrests
  • Grab bars for the shower or tub
  • A sturdy plastic seat for the shower or tub — plus a hand-held shower nozzle for bathing while sitting down

For questions, email linda@vitalmagonline.com.

 

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