around your home safely can be a challenge if you have injuries or health
problems that make it easy for you to fall. Many health problems can increase
your risk of falling—poor eyesight, balance problems caused by disease like
stroke or Parkinson's disease, side effects of medicines, weakness or pain in
the legs and feet, and confusion or dementia.
For people with
these conditions, common things like loose rugs, poor lighting, and household
clutter can become a big safety issue. But there are easy things you can do to
make your home a lot safer.
- Some common hazards in the home might make you
more likely to fall. But you can make your home safer with a few simple
- Falls can lead to serious injuries. Hitting your head can
cause a head injury. A fall can break a bone, resulting in surgery and months
- Preventing falls can help you live a more independent
What hazards at home might make me more likely to fall?
Why is it important to make my home fall-proof?
How can I make my home fall-proof?
Where to go from here
Talk with your doctor
If you have questions about this information, take it with you when you
visit your doctor. You may want to mark areas or make notes in the margins
where you have questions.
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