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What are some simple ways to update an aging loved one's home so it's safer for them?

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Falls are a big risk. Look for things that someone could trip on, and remove them. Make sure that rugs have non-slip backing.

Check on the lighting in your loved one’s home. Do you need more lights, or brighter bulbs?

In the bathroom, install grab bars in and outside the tub or shower, and next to the toilet.

Stairs should have railings on both sides. You may also want to paint the top edge of steps a contrasting color (for instance, a white strip at the edge of a black step) and put non-slip tape on the steps.

Cathy Alessi, MD, internist, geriatrics specialist; past president, American Geriatrics Society.

AARP: "5 Surprising Truths About Grief."

American Hospice Foundation: "Helping a Grieving Parent."

Bisconti, T. , 2004. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences

The Kent Center for Human & Organizational Development: "Holmes Stress Point Scale."

Sara Honn Qualls, PhD, clinical psychologist, professor of psychology, director, Gerontology Center, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Western Region Geriatric Care Management: "Older Driver Safety Awareness."

Windsor, T. , September 2006. Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging

CDC: “Important Facts About Falls,” “Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 26, 2019

Cathy Alessi, MD, internist, geriatrics specialist; past president, American Geriatrics Society.

AARP: "5 Surprising Truths About Grief."

American Hospice Foundation: "Helping a Grieving Parent."

Bisconti, T. , 2004. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences

The Kent Center for Human & Organizational Development: "Holmes Stress Point Scale."

Sara Honn Qualls, PhD, clinical psychologist, professor of psychology, director, Gerontology Center, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Western Region Geriatric Care Management: "Older Driver Safety Awareness."

Windsor, T. , September 2006. Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging

CDC: “Important Facts About Falls,” “Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 26, 2019

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