Home Safety for Seniors

Community VNA and its affiliates believe strongly in working with you to keep your home safe.  We have experienced staff who can help you assess your home for fall prevention.

Falls in adults over 65 years of age is a national epidemic.  The Centers for Disease Control states that “33% of people over age 65 will fall and 50% of people over 85 will fall.  Women are three times more likely to have a fracture as result of the fall.”  Nearly 2.1 million emergency room visits annually are related to injuries due to falls.  Below are some simple steps you can take to keep your home safe and prevent falls.

Walk through your home and ask yourself the following questions:
• Do you have grab bars installed in the bathroom?
      Grab bars help you to easily go in and out of your tub or shower.
• Do you have handrails on both sides of your stairways?
      Handrails on both sides of the stairs help to provide you extra balance to navigate the stairs. 
• Are your hallways/walkways well lit?
     Well lit hallways and walkways allow you to see if there is something which might cause you to fall.
• Do you have throw rugs in your home?
    - If yes, are they secured to the floor?
      Throw rugs can lead to insecure footing, resulting in slips or falls.
    - Are cords placed out of the traffic flow?
      Cords placed in the traffic flow can lead you to slips or you could  fall over the cord.
• Are your walkways cluttered?
      Cluttered walkways can cause you to walk in a much smaller area and cause slips and falls. 
• Is a telephone close to your bed?
      In case of an emergency, it is important to call for help.
• Do you have a light or flashlight near your bed?
      Easy access to a light in the middle of the night can prevent falls.
• Are there light switches on the top and bottom of the staircase?
      Well lit stairways allow you to see the steps better.
• Is footwear well fitted?
      Ill-fitted shoes or slippers can lead to slips and falls.
• Do you use a cane or walker?  
    - Have you been instructed by a licensed Physical Therapist on how to use your device?
      Failure to use your cane or walker properly can lead to injuries from falling.
• Do you have your vision checked annually?
      Even subtle changes in vision can affect your ability to stay safe in your home. 

Community VNA’s goal is to keep you healthy and safe in your home and to prevent injuries related to falls.  Speak to your physician about staying in good physical condition.  Participate in regular exercises that improve strength, balance and coordination and, most of all, don’t do things that you do not feel confident in doing.  Take your time when moving around your home.   Contact us at 908-725-9355, ext. 2222, if you feel you need a home safety evaluation.