While staying home is often the best way for older adults to protect themselves from contracting or spreading COVID-19, certain areas of the house can pose other health risks for older adults. For example, frequented areas like the bathroom and bedroom can contain hazards that put an older adult at high risk of a fall.According to the
Centers for Disease Control, an older American falls every second of every day – making falls the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for the aging population. While the instance of falls can increase with age, many slips or trips can be prevented with a watchful eye, inexpensive home modifications and a few practical lifestyle adjustments.
As time goes on, the same place where older adults have created a lifetime of memories naturally becomes more challenging to navigate. The high risk of falls in the home shouldn’t scare us – but rather, empower us to take the right preventative measures to safely remain independent aging in place for years to come.The National Council on Aging’s
Falls Prevention Awareness Week (Sept. 21-25) is an ideal time for older adults and family caregivers to consider the effects of aging and make quick fixes to help reduce pitfalls in the home.
Aging in Place Modifications to Safeguard a Home:
Home should be a safe and comfortable place to spend the golden years. Just like it’s necessary to block ours schedule for a telehealth appointment or another important commitment, devote time to discussing and implementing changes in the home to reduce risks. Whether these simple fixes can be done in one weekend or over several weeks, consider it all time well spent to safeguard health and safety for years to come. For other aging in place tips for the home and to learn more, visit
www.HomeYourOwnWay.com. Or, for additional resources to recognize Falls Prevention Awareness Week, visit the National Council on Aging’s
Fall Prevention website.