Fall Prevention: 5 Ways to Make Stairs Safer for the Senior in Your Life

The figures are astounding — emergency rooms treat 2.5 million seniors for fall injuries per year. While the National Institutes of Health cites lower body weakness and changes in blood pressure as some of the top reasons older adults fall, environmental factors can also play a large part. As a caregiver, fall prevention is one of your greatest responsibilities. While bathrooms and living areas are common spaces for falls, one place that deserves special attention your staircase. Luckily, there are a number of simple ways to make your stairs safer — not just for seniors, but for everyone in the house. Around the Stairs Start by removing area rugs at the top and bottom of stairways — they’re a tripping hazard. If you keep furniture near the landings, rearrange it in such a way that it doesn’t block the pathway. Tape electrical and extension cords along the baseboard and out of the way. It’s not a bad idea to place night lights in hallways and landings for added visibility l


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