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Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

As we age, our vision changes and that loss of vision can lead to serious safety issues. Accidents at home rank among the leading causes of death and injury among seniors.

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, one out of three adults age 65 and older has a bad fall every year.

Fortunately, there are simple modifications that can be made around your aging loved one's home to prevent potential slips and trips.

De-clutter – We all know that our elderly loved ones tend to collect more items than they need over the years. The first step is to remove debris from walking areas and stairs to make sure your senior has a clear pathway when moving around their home.

Secure – Loose rugs and lifted carpet create a huge fall risk.Check all rugs and carpets around the home to make sure they are set in place. Secure loose rugs with double-sided tape or slip-resisting backing.

Lighting – As we mentioned, our vision changes as we age making proper lighting in the home vital for senior safety. The best lighting for aging eyes is “up lighting” meaning the light goes up, bounces off the ceiling, and comes back down.

For more tips on making your home safe for aging family members watch this video from America Now featuring Dementia Care Specialist Teepa Snow and more tips from Senior Helpers.

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