11 Simple Ways To Make Your Home Safer
When it comes to staying safe at home, many of us think of deadbolts for the doors and locking up cleaning supplies so toddlers can’t get into them. While those are both great ways to boost safety, one of the top home injuries is simply falling.
Each year 55% of all falls take place inside the home.
Your risk of falling increases as you age, with one-third of the U.S. population older than 65 falling each year.
And at 80, more than half of seniors fall annually.
Thomas Cadier, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Gwinnett Medical Center, offers these tips to keep your home safe:
- Put a light source within arm’s reach of your bed. If there isn’t an electrical outlet, get a flashlight.
- Install a night light between your bed and the bathroom.
- Clear paths of tripping hazards such as throw rugs, electrical cords, footstools, magazine racks, plants and pet beds.
- Use nonskid floor wax.
- Mount a liquid soap dispenser on the shower wall.
- If doorsills are taller than half an inch, get a carpenter to remove them or use bright-colored masking tape to mark the rise. Tape is helpful on stairs, as well.
- Keep items you use frequently within easy reach; place everyday food and cooking supplies on low shelves in the kitchen.
- Install light switches (illuminated are best) at the entrance to rooms and at the top and bottom of staircases.
- Use pillows to add height to sofas and chairs, making sitting down and standing up easier.
- Install railings along both sides of stairs; place grab bars in the shower and beside the toilet.
- Put a rubber-backed rug next to the bathtub and adhesive textured strips in the tub.
How Gwinnett Medical Center Can Help
Especially for seniors, falls often contribute to broken bones, or kick joint pain into the intolerable zone.
With two state-of-the art orthopedic facilities conveniently located in Lawrenceville and Duluth, GMC-affiliated orthopedic physicians provide our region with the highest standard of orthopedic care.
We specialize in pain-relieving treatments, groundbreaking resurfacing procedures and highly advanced total joint replacement surgeries. Our goal? To get you back to your life and the things you enjoy. To find a GMC-affiliated physician, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.