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Fall-proof your home

Half of all falls occur in the home or around the home. Trip hazards are everywhere, but we either don’t recognise them, or think of them as trivial and don’t bother fixing them. Here are some things you can do.1

AREA OF YOUR HOME WHAT CAN I DO?
Around the house
  • Place items you use most often within easy reach
 Floors
  • Remove objects you could trip over such as throw rugs, electrical cords and general clutter — Create clear walking paths by moving furniture out of the way (ask someone to help with this)
 Bathrooms
  • Place non-slip mats in wet areas like the shower, bath and toilet — Install handrails in areas where you may need extra help moving in and out of the space — Consider a chair in the shower for extra stability
Kitchen
  • Use non-slip mats near the stove and the kitchen sink — Clean up spills as soon as they happen — Keep every day items, like tea cups, within easy reach
 Stairs
  • Check that stairwells are well lit, it’s a good idea to have light switches at both the top and bottom of the stairs — Install sturdy handrails on both sides
 Bedroom
  • Put a night light between your bedroom and bathroom so you can safely move during the night

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References

1 International Osteoporosis Foundation. Facts and statistics. osteoporosis.foundation/facts-statistics.

2 International Agency for Research on Cancer. Cancer Today. 2018. gco.iarc.fr.

3 International Osteoporosis Foundation. The Asia-Pacific regional audit. Epidemiology, costs & burden of osteoporosis in 2013. osteoporosis.foundation/educational-hub/material/audits.

4 International Osteoporosis Foundation. That’s osteoporosis. A compact guide to osteoporosis and its prevention and treatment. 2019. osteoporosis.foundation/educational-hub/material/brochures.

5 Cooper C. Am J Med 1997;103:12S-17S; discussion 17S–19S.