Do you or someone in the family have osteoporosis? If yes, one of the things you must do is to make your home fall-proof. Since osteoporosis weakens bones over time, a minor fall or slip can result in serious injury. Here are some changes that you should have in your home to make it safer.
In the Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the most common places of injuries due to the slippery floor. Since it's a habit to lock the bathroom door while taking a bath, a person who has slipped or fallen can easily get trapped and it can take a while to get the help needed.
Here's what you have to do inside the bathroom:
- Install grab bars. A grab bar allows you to get into and out of the tub more easily with less risk of slipping.
- Use a nonskid mat to make the bathroom floor less slippery.
- Clean up water spills right away.
- Keep the bathroom free from clutter, especially on the floor.
- Sit while taking a bath. There is less risk of slipping if you take a bath while seated. It's harder to keep your balance on wet floor when you're standing up.
On the Stairs
Another common place for injury is the stairs. Stay safe on the stairs with the following safety measures:
- Paint the last step with a different color. You may also apply a bright colored tape to make it more noticeable. The purpose of this is to avoid falling on the final step of the stairs, which is common since people lose depth perception as they age.
- Install handrails. All stairways in your home should be installed with handrails. Have one on each side if possible.
- Clear the clutter. Don't leave objects lying around the stairs. This can be a cause of slip.
All Over the House
Make your home safer for osteoporosis patient with these practical pointers:
- Clear walkways. All the walkways throughout the house should not have any fall or trip hazards. Get rid of all clutter like books, clothes, shoes, boxes, pots and many more. Place them in locations that won't obstruct the way.
- Don't let wires get in the way. Wires are not only tripping hazard but also fire risk. It would be better to use gadgets that are wireless like a cordless phone for instance. You should also install more electric outlets to avoid having too many wires around the house.
- Light up the walkways. A common risk factor especially for the elderly is poor lighting. Install light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs so whether you're going up or down, you can light up the stairway. Install ceiling fixtures, motion-sensitive lighting and nightlights.
- Use carpets and rugs safely. Opt for low-pile commercial grade carpeting over shag carpeting. Be sure to tape or tack down all rags to avoid slips and falls.
There are many other things you should do around the house to make it fall-proof. Take time to look around and observe so you can find and remove any possible hazard.