INFOGRAPHIC: How to Avoid Household Falls (A Quick Guide)

Concerned about yourself or a loved one falling at home?
Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors, and yet they remain largely preventable. So why aren’t we preventing them? Check out our guide below for a few tips on how to reduce the chance of an accident.

How to Avoid Household Falls

So let’s go through each step:

1) By keeping your home clean, you eliminate the risk of tripping over a spill or an item left out on the floor.
2) Be sure to wear shoes throughout your home for added grip. Many people enjoy wearing socks or bedroom slippers, but they don’t provide the much-needed traction on the floor.
3) Having adequate lighting in the home is important so that you can see where you are going, as well as see any obstacles that may be in your way.
4) If you have a staircase, consider purchasing a stairlift for your home. They typically cost $3,000 – $5,000, which is about a month’s pay at an assisted living facility.
5) Clothes that drag or bunch up on the ground are more likely to make you trip. Consider wearing clothing that is more fitted for around the house.
6) Struggle getting around in your bathroom? Grab bars (and other assistive living devices) are great additions for getting around any bath area.

Can you think of anything else to add to the list? Leave us a comment below with your tip on how to avoid a fall at home!

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  1. jerone farrow  July 17, 2015

    I bought a bruno last year 3 grand. nobody told me i had to have old light bulbs for the remote to work.

    1. Brian Havens  July 20, 2015

      Hey Jerone,
      You’re right, some of the new energy efficient light bulbs in homes interfere with the infrared sensors in certain Bruno remotes. One of our head installers said it’s not extremely common, but it definitely happens from time to time. So we’re sorry to hear that! Hopefully, that’s something they can look into fixing for future models/remotes.

  2. Home Care Pulse  July 14, 2015

    I recently learned that falling is the second leading cause of accidental death worldwide. Protecting against that really can be as simple as keeping a clean house. Great summary of the basics of fall prevention.

    1. Brian Havens  July 14, 2015

      You’re right! It’s the simple things (cleaning house, wearing shoes, etc.) that really make a big difference!