Keeping Your Loved One Safe at Home Reducing the Risk of Accidents and Falls for Seniors
- Be sure chairs and sofas are of the proper height to make sitting down and standing up easier.
- Keep low furniture, such as coffee tables and hassocks, out of walkways.
- Avoid swivel chairs and chairs on casters.
- Place sturdy furniture along frequently traveled paths, so your loved one can lean on it if necessary.
- Make sure doors and windows open and close easily.
- Be sure electrical cords and landline phone wires are out of the way, but not under rugs or carpets.
- Be sure there’s a light switch located at the entrance to the room, and that switches for other lamps are easy to reach.
- Be sure all furnishings are at least one foot from baseboard or portable heaters.