Sunday, October 31, 2010

Home Safety

We have recently reviewed balance and falls including risk factors and prevention.  Since my last blog post I have been working some time as a Home Health Physical Therapist and I have noticed some common household “hazards” in my patients’ homes, which can lead to an increased risk of falls.  Although most of my Home Health patients have been those who have had recent surgeries and/or are currently using assistive devices these obstacles in the home setting can increase risk of falls.  Be sure to assess your home for the following items to make sure trips and falls are decreased:
  1. Pick up/Remove most throw rugs from your house.
  2. Make sure there is enough space between your individual pieces of furniture for safe navigation 
  3. Either remove or safely cover any electrical/extension cords
  4. Have night lights installed for appropriate lighting
  5. Place non-skid mats on any potentially wet or slippery surface. 
  6. Keep stairways and other walkways free of clutter.
  7. Install hand rails on both sides of stairs or in showers/bathtubs.
These few simple changes can help you and your loved ones avoid injury and/or hospitalization.  If you need help with your home safety, be sure to talk to your local physical therapist.

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