Fall-Proofing Your Home - 6 Simple Steps

Reblogger Jack O'Neal
Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Elite Group

 

Great article as we get older we all need to take this into consideration, we are not as young as we were once and we do not heal as fast.

Remember that we are need to be careful as we age

 

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Original content by Wendy Smith

One of the biggest concerns as we age is falling.   Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.  We have to face it: the older we get, the higher the incidence of falls.  Some of the clients I’ve met as a hospice volunteer are folks who, before their fall, were active, still driving and living independently.

You've probably heard the phrase Aging-in-Place, aging in place is also referred to as Universal Design as many of the modifications made to a home have nothing to do with age, more about safety and mobility.   

Sometimes all it takes is one fall.  According to statistics, for those living independently before a hip fracture, 15 to 25 percent will still be in long-term care institutions a year after their fracture.   

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.   

Check these 6 critical areas:  

1.     Thresholds & Flooring - Make sure throw rugs are tacked down, wrinkling carpet should be re-stretched.  Get rid of any extension cords that do not run along the baseboard – eliminate any extension cords that cross doorways or halls!  Threshold ramps are available in assorted designs and colors to match flooring and readily available under $100.   

2.     Illumination - Lighting requirements increase with age. An 85- year-old requires three times more light than a 15-year-old to see the same thing.   Use night-lights.  I read that a high percentage of falls happened between the bedroom and bathroom…not enough light.  

Motion detectors and devices such as The Clapper make it easy to turn on lights when wall switches are not within easy reach.   

3.     Bathrooms are potentially one of the most dangerous rooms in the house for seniors.  By simply installing a higher profile toilet and grab bars, risk is significantly reduced.  

stylish grab bars for bathroom

Replace towel bars with attractive, modern grab bars.  Standard towel bars are not designed to hold weight – they won’t do much good if you reach out to stop a fall.  

Consider a bathroom upgrade to include a walk-in shower –
bathroom upgrades help to increase the value of the home.  
 

4.     Avoid clutter. Remove any furniture that is not needed. All remaining furniture should be stable and without sharp corners, to minimize the effects of a fall.  Keep coffee tables, footstools and low-lying furniture out of the walkways.   

5.     Kitchens – Keep commonly used items within easy reach to minimize the need to stoop low or reach high.  A grabber or reacher with a long handle & rubber grips will help with some out-of-reach items but nearly every kitchen needs a step stool.  Be sure your step stool has rubber feet, is sturdy and has a handrail.  We all know better than to climb on chairs or tables.  Double-sided tape will keep the kitchen mat in place.  

By taking small steps today, before we are elderly,
we can help extend our independence by
ensuring we live in a safe environment. 

 6.      Balance.  This doesn’t have anything to do with your home, it is about you – one of the best methods to avoid falls is to improve your balance.    

Check out this site for a few simple balance exercises, easy to work in to the busiest of days!

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counting Blessings & Serving My Community,

Wendy Smith

 

 
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Joan Cox
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Jack, great re-blog and definitely something we all need to think about as we age.

Mar 23, 2014 02:04 AM #1
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Joe Petrowsky
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When I first read your heading, I wasn't sure where you were going with your post, as we are heading into Spring. Good choice for a re-blog.

Make it a great week!

Mar 24, 2014 10:29 AM #2
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Regina P. Brown
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Excellent tips and worthy of a re-blog.  Thank you for sharing!

Mar 27, 2014 11:43 AM #3
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Connie Harvey
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Jack, this was an excellent post to reblog. We as realtors are in that "aging" group and need to teach ourselves and our peers about all of these things.

Mar 28, 2014 06:05 AM #4
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Jack great advice we all need to be aware of our limitations. Hard to believe but in our 20's falling down is a lot different when we are in our 50's falling down....Endre

Mar 30, 2014 12:35 PM #5
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Carol Zingone
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Good blog - many seniors and their adult children are considering aging in place, and these are the types of things they need to fix.

Apr 01, 2014 09:54 PM #6
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Michelle Gibson
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Jack - These are excellent tips and something everyone, regardless of their age, will find useful.

Apr 03, 2014 10:26 PM #7
Rainer
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You really know your Market.  Great information, have a great weekend!

Apr 04, 2014 08:35 PM #8
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Cindy Graesser
Keller Williams - Temecula, CA
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I enjoyed this read - my mom suffered a stroke - and I am always looking at ways to make the house safer. Lighting is key!! thanks for this

Apr 05, 2014 03:21 AM #9
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John Pusa
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Jack - These are great list of information on six simple steps fall proofing a home

Apr 05, 2014 07:33 AM #10
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Jack O'Neal
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Thank you to everyone for your comments as I definitely feel these are tips that be shared over and over as well as very useful!

Apr 07, 2014 01:52 PM #11
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Grant Schneider
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Jack - this is so important.  Falls are very dangerous to seniors and it can change lifestyles.  Those are some easy common sense solutions to put in the home.

Apr 08, 2014 11:22 PM #12
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David Noce
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I do selling in a 55+ age restricted community. There are certainly some elderly people in this neighborhood that need to be super careful. Thanks for the info!

Apr 09, 2014 12:18 AM #13
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