The rate of falls at home is alarmingly high. One in three people over the age of 65 fall each year. Of these falls, one in five result in serious injury. The most resinous injuries occur as a result of a fall in the bathroom.
There are things you and your family can to do make your home safe. Below are some suggestions that can be done before you return home from a hospital or rehabilitation stay, or immediately upon your arrival. Talk to your health care provider if you need assistance in finding community resources.
Look around your house for anything you may trip on, or over:
If you ever get up from a seated or lying position and begin to feel dizzy or weak, sit back down and call for assistance. Do not attempt new tasks without supervision from your family or a caregiving until you know you are safe performing the task (for example driving). Be sure to also keep your most frequently used items close to you, especially your cell phone should you need help.