Preventing Falls at Home
Osteoporosis can leave you vulnerable to dangerous falls that can occur in different areas of your home.
There are specific actions you can take to prevent this from happening and lower your risk of injury.
Living room and hallways
- Keep hallways clear and free from clutter and obstacles. Move coffee tables, magazine racks and plant stands away from high traffic areas.
- Underfoot, think non-slip. Choose tiles that are honed or have a textured surface. Place a non-slip pad under all area rugs.
- Anchor electrical cords close to the wall and ensure there are no loose extensions.
- Wooden staircases should have a carpet runner for traction. Make sure the runner is secured firmly to each step with no loose edges.
- Avoid accumulating clutter like keys, books or shoes on the stairs.
- Use a sturdy step stool (not a chair), when you need to reach up to higher kitchen cupboards.
- Use non-slip bath mats by the sink and shower to help absorb splashes.
- Use rubber mats or slip-resistant stickers in the bathtub.
- A shower organizer will help keep all of your soaps, shampoos and other bath products organized, so that they are easy reach when you are in the shower.
- Install outdoor lights at all entrances to your home and ensure the lighting is bright enough to see clearly at night.
- Ensure hand railings alongside your front and back stairs,and the steps themselves are sturdy and in good repair.
- During winter months ensure that the driveway and entrances are shoveled and salted. Elderly people and those with limited mobility may wish to consider hiring a snow shovel service.