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4 Ways to Reduce Falls in the Home

Written By Mazy Holiday 01 Dec 2018
4 Ways to Reduce Falls in the Home

First, Go to your favorite store and purchase some rug grippers (if you have rugs, that is). Most are made of either sticky tape, or velcro. Velcro is good, but difficult to remove so keep that in mind. Tape is good, but not as secure as Velcro. Secure the products to each corner of the rug, then secure the rug to the floor to reduce trips on the corners.

Then, go to your favorite DIY store and purchase some plug-in motion sensor lights. They are quite inexpensive, and cane really save you in low-light situations. I have one in every room and you should too. Excellent night lights!

Third, 86 the clutter! Chances are you need only half the furniture in each of your rooms (unless you are a minimalist like myself). Too much stuff makes navigating your own home more risky than it should be. If you are bumping into things and stubbing your toe, prepare for a nice yard sale, or have the local shelter pick up items you don’t really need. 

This last one is a life saver and my all-time favorite. While at your favorite DIY store retrieving the motion sensor lights, pick up some Anti-Slip Tape for the stairs (if you have stairs, of course). A staircase is a fall waiting to happen particularly if the stairs are very old (like mine!). Combine the wrong pair of shoes, old stairs, and a small distraction and you almost certainly have a good trip ahead of you. This tape is easy to install and last for a very, very long time. Take some rubbing alcohol with you to clean the surface of the edge of each stair where the tape goes, the tape and some scissors and you've got yourself a party. Good luck, and turtle speed.