Osteoporosis

Updated 12 August 2013

Simple steps to fall-free homes

Sudden falls can mean long-term illness and disability for older people at risk of fracture. Luckily, there are several simple, affordable ways to make every home slip-safe.

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Sudden falls can mean long-term illness and disability for older people at risk of fracture. Luckily, there are several simple, affordable ways to make every home slip-safe.

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Have railings on both sides of a staircase – this provides better support when going up and down stairs; install grab bars in and around bathtubs and showers; consider installing a tub seat – it will enable the person to get in and out of the tub more easily; install raised toilet seats and grab bars at toilets to make sitting and getting up easier; make sure stairs are always well-lit from top to bottom, and ensure that there are light switches at all room entries; place anti-skid strips on stair treads; and keep walkways wide open by getting rid of slippery throw rugs and clutter.

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