Thinking in terms of prevention is the best way to avoid risk of falls in the home. The consequences of a fall can be unpleasant and sometimes protracted.The following ideas can help you avoid some common occurrences:
- Keep your access routes around the house clear, with no trip hazards.
- Make sure your room is well lit, including bright lighting in the halls, stairs and landing.
- An extra stair rail can help. Also, keep a walking aid both upstairs and downstairs.
- Don't use a walking aid to get you in or out of the chair. Push up on the arms of the chair and then take hold of the walking aid.
- If your chair is too low, fitting chair raisers works better than adding and extra cushion, and ensures that the arms and back of the chair still support you.
- Grab rails may be better in areas where walking aids can slip on wet floor areas such as shower rooms or wet rooms.
- Well-fitted supportive footwear is important to help you walk- watch out for loose, warm slippers with shiny soles and take care if getting up at night without footwear.
- Small, stick on, motion sensor (PIR) lights can make getting up in the night much safer. Stick one to the base of your bedside cabinet or on the landing.