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​​Father-Son-on-Stairs-200x300.jpgFalls are a major source of concern for both senior citizens and those taking care of elderly individuals.  Unfortunately, the risk of falling increases as one ages, as does the damage that can result from a fall.

A slip or trip can occur anywhere, but stairs are especially high on the list of potential fall locations. For that reason, those taking care of elderly loved ones need to take a few minutes to ensure that home stairs are as safe as possible. Decreasing the likelihood of a fall can give everyone involved a little more peace of mind.


With that in mind, here are a few tips on stairway safety to consider:

  • Mark the ends of the stairs. It often helps to identify the end of each stair. Luminescent tape, which g​lows slightly in the dark, can be helpful.
  • Make sure rugs, runners, carpets, etc., are secure. Loose-fitting carpeting can bunch up and cause a stumble. If the carpeting is slippery, it should be removed. Make sure that the carpeting used does not in any way make it difficult to determine where one stair ends and the next begins.
  • Reduce skidding. Non-skid surfaces are important for the stairs. Wood that is slippery is dangerous. Seniors should use non-skid footwear when taking the stairs.
  • Use a handrail. Those taking care of elderly patients need to be sure that each staircase has a handrail; if it's possible, a handrail on each side is even better. The handrails need to be securely nailed, screwed or bolted in place. A loose handrail can cause an accident.
  • Keep it lit. Stairways should be appropriately lit. Ideally, lights should be on whenever it is dark, especially if a senior may be using the stairs in the middle of the night.
  • Keep stairs clear. There should never be any items on the stairs. If children are in the h​ome, make sure that they do not leave any toys on the stairs. If pets are in the home, be sure to keep them away when a senior is using the stairs.
Keeping the stairs safe takes a little extra time, but it is well worth the effort for those taking care of senior loved ones.​

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