Fall-proofing your home is the best gift you can give to yourself and to your loved ones, especially the older members of the family. You deserve a safe and comfortable place to live. Below are simple yet effective modifications you can do today to fall-proof your bedroom and stairs

 

Bedroom

  1. A Bedrail can provide support and sturdiness when getting in and out of the bed.  
  2. Putting a night light next to the bed is important in preventing falls. When you have to get up in the middle of the night, having a light source next to you is safer than trying to find the switch in the dark.
  3. Place your phone within arm-reach. Emergencies can happen at night. Having a phone next to you is a life-saver as opposed to getting up and going to where the phone is located.

 

FUN FACT: The most expensive bed is called Baldacchino Supreme Bed. It costs a jaw-dropping  $6.3 million!

 

 Stairs

  1. Install and secure handrails in every set of stairs for balance and navigation. Having a second handrail is even better.
  2. Repair uneven and damaged stairs. 
  3. Check the steepness and depth of the stairs. The stairs should be 5-6 inches (ca. 15 cm) high with a minimum depth of 10 inches (ca. 25 cm). 
  4. Use colored tapes to differentiate between steps. 
  5. Stair lifts can be installed indoors or outdoors

 

FUN FACTS: Climbing the stairs burn more calories than jogging! It is also a type of vigorous exercise that helps tone muscles.