Question: I just returned home from a hospital stay for a recent fall. Thankfully I did not break any bones. My biggest fear is breaking a hip and having to leave my home. What can I do to make my home safer?
Answer: You are wise to plan ahead to prevent another fall! Here are some tips:
Main Living Areas: Remove throw rugs, unhealthy cords or clutter in the walkways. Install night lights in the hallways and bathrooms. Replace any worn or torn carpet and broken railings near steps.
Bathroom: Install grab bars on the walls, pills near the toilet and shower. Use a shower chair so you can sit while bathing. Lower water heater temperature to 120 degrees F. to avoid burns.
Kitchen: Set utensils and food at a comfortable height to avoid reaching or standing on
a stool. Look for sharp corner counters or tables which can be padded.
Your physician can also order a home safety evaluation for you.
You also may want to consider having in-home assistance with some of the daily tasks so that you can reserve your energy for the more enjoyable things in life. A home care company such as Comfort Keepers may be your answer. Comfort Keepers provides assistance in your own home to those needing a little extra help.
Mark Sheets, Greater Richmond Area Comfort Keepers owner. For more information go to www.comfortkeepers.com or call 750-1123.