Falls can indeed be avoided
"There are ways that people can make modifications in their home that don't need to be expensive" says Ms. Nancy Griffin from an US organisation called CICOA. She is specialised in helping people prevent falls in their home and as a volunteer she goes to people's homes and makes a detailed assessment, giving advice on what they can do today to prevent injuries in the future. This is crucial for the elderly and can help them to stay independent for a longer time and prevent those common falls and injuries associated to aging.
In this video, Nancy gives some valuable advice to a client on how to fall-proof her home:
- rugs and carpets can prove to be dangerous when they have parts that are uneven or bumps. One can easily trip over a rug so they should be kept level or taken out
- stairs, even when just a couple of them, should always be safe- not slippery, and with a rail a person can hold on to
- when a sink is placed on a cupboard, it limits the accessibility of a person with crutches or a wheelchair. Sinks should be accessible easy to use!
- All pathways- corridors and places around doors, should be kept clear of boxes, furniture and bags.
- Slide doors in the bathtub may seem a good idea for keeping the water in, but are a real problem for getting in and out of the bathtub.
Have a look at the video below for a full account for this interesting home assesment story: