Falls are a major health issue with about 30 per cent of Australians over 65 experiencing at least one fall a year, and as the population ages this figure is set to skyrocket.
But by making a few simple adjustments in and around your home you can drastically reduce the likelihood of yourself or someone you love having a potentially catastrophic fall.
Why not drops around to your parents or grandparents and make sure they are safe!
Remove all clutter
By ensuring there’s no trip hazards on your floors you can prevent falls that might cause you long-term damage. Keep newspapers and magazines away from staircases and hallways and store them somewhere out of the way.
Fix trip hazards
Consider if you’ve got loose carpet or floorboards that might need repaired, replace or fixed by a local handyman. Also, cast a critical eye across each room to see if you’ve got any slippery throw rugs or other trip hazards on the ground.
Be sure to wear shoes
Shoes provide your feet with more stability; however, you can even get some non-slip socks that have grips on the soles of the feet if shoes are too uncomfortable for you. Even sturdy slippers are an option.
Make light work of it
Dim or inadequate lighting is another major fall hazard, so it’s wise to install brighter light bulbs where needed, particularly in stairways and narrow hallways. Even having night-lights in bedrooms and bathrooms can help guide those who have to get up in the night.
Install grab bars and handrails
These are essential safety devices that can help stabilise people as they go about their everyday business. Qualified builder Oliver Fullerton from Select Maintenance says grab bars are crucial to prevent falls and he installs them for toilets, bathtubs and showers and also suggests handrails for stairways and hallways.
Whether it’s at the front door, the bathroom or the kitchen, having non-slip mats in any rooms where water might cause a fall is a smart idea. Bathtubs and showers can be super slippery when wet so make sure these are priorities.
Consider living on one level
Stairs can be hard to navigate, even with precautions such as guardrails, so if possible, try to live on one level of your home. It might mean your local handyman might have to make a few structural adjustments or changes to your house, but this is one sure-fire way to prevent dangerous falls down stairs.
Slow and steady wins the race
Quite often falls occur when a person is rushing or hurrying to get from one position to another, such as from sitting to standing position and vice versa. Consider that maybe slow and steady is the way forward and if you do have to keep an appointment, start getting ready a little earlier than usual.
Do you need to reduce trip hazards in your home or someone else’s? Or maybe you’ve been putting off getting grab bars installed. Select Maintenance offers the full range of handyman services to keep you safe at home.