Sixty per cent of falls happen in the home. In order to continue to live safely and independently, our homes have to ‘grow’ with us. Making simple modifications to our environment, especially at home, can go a long way in reducing the risk of falls.
Choose stable chairs with arm rests to help you.The seat should be firm because a seat that’s too soft makes it hard to get up after sitting down. When seated, you should be able to place your feet flat on the ground. Chairs should be of the correct height for you. When you are seated, you should be able toplace your feet flat on the ground.
Provide adequate lighting, particularly at night. An inexpensive option is to use plug-in nightlights, or you can consider installing motion sensor lights.
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