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Tips for preventing falls. Currently, falls are the leading cause of injury for adults aged 60 and over. Kristin Goodwin is a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy student and intern with Genesis, the rehabilitation services provider at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Kristin suggests the following safety assessment and tips to help keep you safe during everyday activities in your home. Consider the following when assessing your home for safety:
- Are you able to open your front door with ease?
- Are you able to use your key to open the door?
- Are you able to lock your door and windows?
- Are you able to reach into cabinets or bend down to reach into the refrigerator?
- Can you stand up from your chair, bed or toilet with ease?
- Do you need a shower seat to sit on while showering?
- Remove scatter rugs in living area, kitchen and bathrooms
- Move phone cords and electrical cords out of the walking path
- Add a cushion to your favorite chair to ease you into standing
- Make sure there is ample and bright light in each room
- Consider bed railings to help you get out of bed
- Install night lights or bedside lights in the bedroom
- Consider a three-in-one commode or toilet safety rails
- Install grab bars in and around the shower
- Consider a handheld shower head
- Consider a shower seat if you don’t already have one