Five ways to fall-proof your home

5 ways to fall proof your home

Use these five helpful hints to reduce your risk of falling in your own home.

  1. Ensure you have clear walkways: ensure that your primary walkways are clean and safe. The most common type of fall is a trip, and the best way to avoid tripping is to move potential hazards like mats, cables, and small ornaments out of walkways.
  1. Clean up spills immediately: slip falls are the second most common type of fall behind trips, meaning it is important to clean up and dry any spills that could be a slip hazard.
  1. Keep important items close-by: rushing to pick up the telephone is another common way that people fall in their homes, and it is highly recommended that important items are nearby at all times to eliminate the need for rushing.
  1. Turn on the lights: vision plays a role in balance, as well as allowing us to identify potential obstacles in our paths. Ensure that your home is well lit, to minimise the risk of tripping over an unseen hazard.
  1. Wear the right shoes: shoes that are too loose create a falls risk. Supportive, properly fitted shoes should be worn around your home.

Home Active Physiotherapy conducts home assessments as part of its falls and balance training program, in order to ensure that your home is not only an active home, but a safe home too.

Contact Home Active Physiotherapy today on 0434 786 046 to book in your assessment today, or visit our website www.homeactivephysio.com.au for more information.

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