Spring cleaning? Think safety, too. The tips below provided by Rehabilitation Services at Christian Health Care Center should be used as guidelines to minimize your risk for injury or falls at home.
- Remove any throw rugs, and keep walkways clear. Always pick up your feet when walking.
- Place frequently used items in closets, cabinets, and on counter tops within easy reach.
- Take your time getting into and out of bed, on and off the toilet, and up and down from chairs and furniture. Be sure you have good balance before moving.
- Use a non-skid bath mat or shower safety strips to minimize potential slipping.
- Do not grab onto towel racks, soap dishes, shower curtains, or other bathroom fixtures not specifically designed to support your weight.
- Be sure to wipe up any spills, especially in the bathroom, to avoid slips and falls.
- Keep your home properly lit to optimize vision and reduce glare. Use a nightlight if getting up at night.
- Be sure to have a sturdy chair strategically place in your home for rest periods when needed.
- Keep your phone and emergency contact phone numbers accessible for you, as well as others who may need to assist you.
- If using a walker, do not attempt to carry items while walking. A walker basket or bag can be attached to most walkers to allow you to keep both hands on the walker.
- Walk slowly and carefully. Watch for uneven surfaces, such as doorway and elevator thresholds, sidewalk cracks, and uneven curb cuts.
- Wear shoes that fit properly. Avoid shoe laces that may become untied.
- Keep electrical cords out of walkways. They should be kept behind furniture or anchored along walls or baseboard.
- Never stand on a chair, box, or other unstable object to reach for things. Ask for assistance if needed.
- Avoid excessive bending, reaching, carrying, or lifting. Using extended-handle items such as reachers, long-handled sponged, shoe horns, and inspection mirror, can be helpful.
- Pace yourself, and manage your time. Be sure to allow rest periods during prolonged activities. Try to schedule activities to be done throughout the day and not all at once. Plan ahead to avoid rushing.
- If you have pets, be sure to be aware of where they (and their toys) are to minimize the risk of them unexpectedly getting in your path, causing injury to you and them.
Rehabilitation Services staff members are available to speak on home safety, exercise safety, and a variety of other topics. Call (201) 848-4463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.