Spring Cleaning: Help Prevent Accidents by Improving Your Home

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Spring is just around the corner, and while you’re busy getting ready for the big thaw, you might spend a little bit of time preparing your home for the coming year.  Since falls are such a common injury for seniors, it’s important to make sure that your home is a safe place.  Here are a few tips:

Get rid of clutter.  It’s easy to accumulate clutter over the years, and it’s even easier to let it begin to creep into areas where it can cause problems.  If there’s furniture or other clutter that you’ve been meaning to get rid of, now’s the time. 

Repair frayed carpet or rugs.  Do you have area rugs that won’t stay down or carpet that catches your shoe when you walk by?  There are prime tripping hazards and should be fixed as soon as possible.

Repair steps and railings.  Take a look at how you enter your home.  Are the walkways safe?  Are there steps that aren’t properly fitted?  There are also tripping hazards that should be addressed.

Install rails in key areas.  Installing grab bars in the bathroom and other key areas can help you avoid lengthy hospital visits. 

While it can take time to complete these repairs, a fall can be a devastating injury.  Taking a few days each year to improve one’s home can make a big difference in preventing injuries.