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10 Tips to Reduce Trip and Fall Hazards When You Have Limited Mobility

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When you have limited mobility, getting around takes a little longer. It is equally important to reduce trip and fall hazards in your home.

Tip #1: Eliminate Clutter

You want to make sure that walkways, doorways, and the area around the bed are free of clutter. Place papers, books, and other such items in your overbed table with storage. Use a laundry basket kept out of the way for dirty clothes.

Tip #2: Make Sure Rooms Are Well-Lit

One reason people slip and fall is that they cannot see things in the way because the room is not well-lit. Install brighter bulbs in light fixtures or get some table lamps to increase the brightness in rooms at night. During the day, get into the habit of opening the curtains or blinds.

Tip #3: Install Grab Rails/Handrails

It never hurts to be prepared by installing grab rails or handrails on hallway corridors, on stairwells, and in other areas where there is nothing to grab should you slip or trip. Don’t forget about the bathroom too!

Tip #4: Secure Rugs to the Floor

Loose rugs can be a slipping and tripping hazard. Make sure there are anti-slip pads secured to the back of the rugs, so they do not move when on hardwood, laminate, or tiled floors. If your home is carpeted, consider removing the rugs, as they are not needed.

Tip #5: Wear Non-Slip Shoes

It is a good idea to wear non-slip shoes instead of socks. Socks can become very slippery on non-carpeted surfaces. Alternatively, you could always go barefoot and not worry about the non-slip shoes.

Tip #6: Install Non-Slip Shower Tape/Mats

Non-slip shower tape and non-slip shower mats are great to use in the shower, bathtub, and other areas around the home where the floor can get slippery. For example, you may want to install tape or a mat by the kitchen sink if you wash dishes by hand. This way, if you get water onto the floor, there will still be a non-slip surface to avoid slipping and falling.

Tip #7: Use a Cane or Walker

If you can only walk short distances without assistance, make sure to use a cane or walker for added support. This way, if you need to take a brief moment to catch your breath, you have something to hold onto for support.

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Tip #8: Take Advantage of Wireless Technologies

There are a wide range of wireless devices and products that could help prevent trips and falls as well as provide assistance should you fall. There are wireless LED lightbulbs you can install and and operate with a mobile app to turn them on and off. Voice-activated personal assistants can also be used to control devices or to call 911 when configured correctly.

Tip #9: Store Essentials Nearby

Make sure your essential items like reading glasses, cell phone, cell phone charger, TV remote, and others are stored within arm’s reach when sitting down. The last thing you want to do is have to get up and down constantly. You can keep these essentials organized and within reach with an overbed table with drawers next to your bed or favorite chair in the living room.

Tip #10: Get a Stair Chair Lift or Live on One Floor

It’s ideal to live in a single-story home so you don’t have to worry about stairs. Yet, if your home is two-stories, then having a stair chair lift installed for assistance can reduce the risk of falling down the stairs.

By taking the time to use these tips, you can reduce the risk of slips, trips, and falls. For further information about an adjustable overbed table with drawers, storage, lighting, and other great features, please feel free to browse our online store or contact the atHand® Overbed Table System at (440) 628-9550 today!