KUSA - September is Fall Prevention Month. In honor of this, 9NEWS wanted to focus awareness on how to prevent senior citizens from falling in their residence by making it safer.
Erik Listou, the co-founder of the Living in Place Institute, and his team provide training and certification to real estate professionals on how to make homes safer.
Listou discussed some of the things people commonly overlook in regards to home safety, and provided some examples of how to make a home safer and prevent falls.
Some common hazards that result in falls in a home are:
- Slippery surfaces and uneven flooring
- Wearing footwear that increases the risk of slipping or falling
- Inadequate and/or improper lighting
- Non-contrasting floor colors, especially near stairs
- Tripping obstacles, such as loose rugs, electrical cords and pet dishes
- Unstable furniture or furniture on wheels
- Clutter on floors and stairs
- Using stepstools and ladders
- Medications, prescription, over-the-counter & recreational
- Wearing bifocals when walking
Some things that increase the potential for falling are:
- Impaired eyesight such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration
- Wearing bifocal glasses when walking
- Balance disorders
- Movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease
- Age-related loss of skeletal muscle
- Collapse with or without loss of consciousness such as a drop in blood pressure on standing up
More tips can be found here: http://bit.ly/1QA7mTN.
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