Prevent Slips and Falls
The recent falls of Barbara Walters and Hillary Clinton serve as a reminder that falls can be quite serious. Designer Laura Ashley and actor Robert Culp both died following falls at home. One out of every three adults 65 and older will fall every year. Here are tips for helping prevent falls in your home.
Repair or replace torn vinyl flooring or loose tiles
Stretch rippled carpeting and repair any rips
Tape down edges of area rugs
Make sure there is plenty of light to navigate pathways inside and outside of the house
Install nonskid floors in wet areas
Fix any potential tripping hazards on stair treads
Install light switches at the bottom and top of staircases
Wear shoes with nonskid soles
By going through this simple checklist, you can help make your home safer for yourself, your family and your friends. Your home is your refuge from the world. It should be a safe place where you can live for many years to come.
Dale Monday Kolins, ASID, CAPS
Design Directions, La Jolla