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What are some things I can do around the house to prevent falls?

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To prevent falls at home:

  • Clear your walkways and stairs.
  • Use adhesive to keep rugs down.
  • Put non-slip mats in your bathtub and shower bottoms.
  • Use handrails on staircases.
  • Keep your house is well-lit.
  • Keep items you use often in low, easy-to-reach places.
  • Wear low-heeled shoes with rubber soles.
  • If the sidewalk is wet or icy, walk on the grass.
  • If you need to, use a cane or walker.
  • Check the curb height before you step up onto or down from a sidewalk.

From: How to Prevent Falls at Home WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cameron, I., , February 2002. BMJ

Harvard Medical School: "Osteopenia: When you have weak bones, but not osteoporosis."

CDC: "Preventing Falls Among Older Adults," "What You Can Do to Prevent Falls."

Jane W. McCabe, occupational therapist and certified aging-in-place specialist, Orange County, CA.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What Are Ways to Prevent Falls and Related Fractures?"

National Institute on Aging: "Osteoporosis: Improving Your Bone Health."

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Cameron, I., , February 2002. BMJ

Harvard Medical School: "Osteopenia: When you have weak bones, but not osteoporosis."

CDC: "Preventing Falls Among Older Adults," "What You Can Do to Prevent Falls."

Jane W. McCabe, occupational therapist and certified aging-in-place specialist, Orange County, CA.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What Are Ways to Prevent Falls and Related Fractures?"

National Institute on Aging: "Osteoporosis: Improving Your Bone Health."

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 13, 2018

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