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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one out of four seniors fall each year. And after someone falls once, their chances of falling again doubles. Falls are more common among aging adults as balance, muscle strength, and sight become a challenge. More importantly, falling can lead to injury.Keeping your loved ones safe while they are still living in their home is an important goal many caregivers share, especially as you manage your own day-to-day obligations. Taking extra safety precautions to prevent falls will not only help keep your loved ones safe, but it will also give you peace of mind when you are not there.Decluttering, keeping furniture around the outsides of the room, and installing handrails are just some of the tips for maintaining a safe home, but each room is different. Here’s a room-by-room safety checklist for preventing falls in your aging loved one’s homes.BedroomReaching or bending over for items in the closet and getting up from your bed or chairs are all instances when a fall may occur. Risks: Electrical cords across the floor, beds and chairs that don’t support safe egress, obstacles in pathways, sliding throw rugs and upended carpet edges pose a risk for falls, especially in the dark.Prevention:Ensure a light is within arm’s reach of the bedUse nightlightsHave a flashlight on your nightstandRearrange furniture to avoid stumbling over objectsPosition closet shelves between waist and shoulder heightAvoid wearing long nightgowns or robes that you could trip overBathroomThe majority of falls in the home occur in the bathroom, and it is more likely for an injury or fall to occur while sitting down, getting up, or using the toilet than an injury in the shower or bathtub, according to a CDC study.Risks: Slippery floors, lack of supportive handholds, poor lighting, and issues with depth perception are all potential risk factors when maneuvering around the bathroom.Prevention:Use non-slip mats or decals on bathtub or shower floorsInstall grab bars or seating in the tub or showerUse a battery-operated, motion-sensor light that hangs on the side of the toilet. It activates when you walk into the bathroom and illuminates the toilet. “It’s a simple thing,” says Dee Leman, The Goodman Group’s Director of Physical and Occupational Therapy, “but it can go a long way to helping someone not bump into the toilet or miss it.”Buy a dark-colored toilet seat. Darker seats are easier to see because it helps with depth perception. “If you start losing your vision, if you have a dark toilet seat, you’ll be able to see the contrast between a black toilet seat and white bowl better,” Dee told us.Hallways and the Living RoomYour living room and hallways may have pieces of furniture that can become tripping hazards. And although you may not think about potential falling risks in a hallway, there can be several. Lighting is key when it comes to hallways. Risks: Similar to other rooms of your house, poor lighting, obstacles such as console tables and plants, sliding throw rugs, and electrical cords can become falling risks in your hallway.Prevention:Rearrange lights to ensure the entire hallway/living room is well-litSecure rugs with non-slip backing or remove them altogetherCreate wide, straight, and clear pathsRemove furniture if it’s located in the middle of the room, like an ottoman or coffee table. Position sofas and chairs along the perimeter of the room to avoid tripping. Remove any furnishings located in the hallway.Be sure the cords running from your TV, DVD player, cable box, etc. to the wall and one another are contained and don’t pose a tripping hazard.Use glow-in-the-dark light switches so it’s easier to locate the light switchInstall handrails to help with balanceUse bright tape or paint to mark areas where the floor changes from carpet to wood, or when rooms are at different levels. (i.e. If your living room is one or three steps lower than your kitchen).Steps/StairwaysSteps and stairways may be the most intimidating areas of the home for aging adults to navigate. If your loved one has to travel up or down the stairs, remind them to take it slow and be safe.Risks: Stairs that lack a handrail, proper lighting or coverings can be hazardous to your loved one. Additionally, the risk of falling on the stairs might increase if they are carrying groceries or laundry, in a hurry, wearing socks which may cause them to slip, or not using handrails.Prevention:Install increased stairway lighting (at the top and bottom) and check for shadowsRepair faulty stepsMount handrails that extend beyond the top and bottom stairInstall carpet or non-slip rubber treads on each stepWear supportive footwear with slip-resistant solesUse bright tape or paint to identify the edge of each step so it’s easier to seeKitchenThe kitchen can pose some unique challenges for aging adults when unpacking groceries and preparing for meals.Risks: Reaching high or bending low into cabinets to retrieve dishes or food, walking around spilled water, or having dining room chairs that slide and have no armrest could all lead to falling.Prevention:Place a water-absorbent, non-skid mat in front of the sinkUse kitchen chairs with arms to allow seniors to sit and stand up more easilyNever keep wheeled chairs in the kitchenAvoid storing frequently-used items on high shelves or in high cabinetsConsider using a Lazy Susan if cabinet or shelf space is limitedClean up spills immediatelyProvide adequate lightingBuy a sturdy step stool to reach items located higher in the cabinet, but put commonly used items where your loved one can reach themNow that you’ve made your loved one’s home safer inside, check outdoors for any possible risk factors, as well. It may surprise you to learn that outdoor falls are actually more common than indoor falls for aging adults. Uneven surfaces, tripping over short curbs, glare from the sun, inclement weather, and overgrown shrubs and tree branches are all unique risks to falling outside the home. Falling outdoors can pose a new risk if your loved one lands on a hard surface.In summary, fall prevention is highly important if you’re trying to keep your loved one at home as long as possible. Taking the necessary steps to ensure your loved one’s safety allows them the independence they desire while giving you peace of mind.