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How can older adults avoid falls at home?

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  • Get a friend or family member to help you clear hallways and walkways of anything you can trip over.
  • Make sure your home is well lit and light switches easy to reach.
  • Hold on to a railing when you walk up or down the stairs, and go slowly.
  • Use self-adhesive, non-skid mats or safety treads in bathtubs, showers, and pools. Put non-skid rugs on bathroom floors and pads under rugs on bare floors.
  • Have grab bars installed on both sides of toilets and bathtubs. Put handrails in the shower.
  • Keep items you use often -- food, cans, dishes, clothes -- where you can easily reach them.
  • Wear sturdy shoes inside and outside.

SOURCES:

CDC.

NIH Senior Health.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 30, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC.

NIH Senior Health.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 30, 2018

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