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Fall Prevention Strategies: A Room-by-room Guide

Senior Living Tips | Here For A Loved One

The fear of your loved one falling, especially if they live alone, is a common concern for many families with aging parents or loved ones. The good news is that there are many preventative measures you can take to lower your loved one’s risk of falling in their home. Consider some of the fall prevention tips below. 

Start With The Living Room

Usually, the living room is where seniors and their families spend the majority of their time, and often, the furniture in this room is typically bigger and bulkier. Though larger pieces of furniture can be used for physical support when moving around, oversized furniture can also cause tripping hazards and falls.

Work with your loved one to strategically arrange the furniture in this room and make it as safe as possible by:

  • Leaving plenty of room between furniture pieces so that walkways are clear and open
  • Keeping the space well-lit with both wall-mounted light fixtures and windows
  • Removing unused furniture, electronics and throw rugs
  • Ensuring cables and cords are tucked away and not stretched across open areas

Bathroom Fall Prevention Strategies

Home bathrooms can be slippery, which can make this room a potential hazard for seniors. Talk to your loved one about bathroom safety and consider the following fall prevention tips:

  • Install handrails if they aren’t already present
  • Use non-slip surface protectors for both the floor, shower and tub
  • Keep commonly used items within easy reach
  • Install a commode chair for the toilet or place a chair in the shower for extra support
  • Emphasize the importance of wearing rubber-bottomed slippers or non-slip shoes when your loved one is in the bathroom
  • Get rid of slippery throw rugs
  • Install a raised toilet to help your loved one sit and stand more comfortably

A Independence Village bathroom that has grab bars and show assistance bars installed to ensure senior safety

Bedroom Safety

The bedroom area can become a place of clutter due to the storage of personal and important items like old photo books, antiques or gifts. It’s encouraged that you discuss with your loved one the importance of keeping this space open and free of clutter. Staying organized is essential when trying to avoid potential falling hazards. Here are more suggestions for keeping the bedroom free of obstacles:

  • Maximize walking space by strategic bed placement
  • Keep cords close to the walls and not arranged across walkways
  • Use night lights to help your loved one move around the room at night
  • Adjust the bed height so that your loved one can sit on the edge of the bed with their feet firmly touching the floor
  • Ensure sheets and bedding do not hang to the floor so that your loved one can avoid tripping
  • Install sturdy nightstands that can provide support if needed
  • Clear all laundry and laundry baskets that may be on the floor

Don’t Forget About The Kitchen

Heat isn’t the only thing to avoid in the kitchen, as this room is a common space for falls at home. Often, the kitchen floor is a tile, wood or linoleum material, which can be a little more difficult to walk on. Unlike carpet, these floor materials make slips and falls more common due to lack of friction, and spills or debris can make things worse. To help prevent falls in the kitchen, your loved one should:

  • Avoid wearing slippers or shoes with no grip
  • Clean up a spill as soon as it occurs
  • Sit down while prepping for more in-depth recipes
  • Make it a habit to do routine checks for leaks around the sink or other appliances like the dishwasher or refrigerator 
  • Check smoke detectors every three months
  • Install automatic shut-off devices for appliances like the stove or oven

Related: Older Adult Kitchen Safety Checklist

A full kitchen within an apartment at Independence Village that is equipped with the right safety features

Safety Is Key, And We’re Here To Help

At Independence Village, safety comes first. With a trained care team and floor plans built with residents in mind, you and your loved one can spend less time worrying about falls and more time making memories. Visit our Here For A Loved One page to see how Independence Village can provide knowledge and support when making the transition to a senior living community. 

Related: 6 Tips For Talking To Your Loved One About Senior Living

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