Many older adults who are hospitalized for a fall never regain their former level of independence. Losing your independence
- it's one of the biggest fears you may have about aging. Falling is one of the most common causes. Use this checklist to take a fall-prevention inventory of your home:
� All rooms
Keep electrical cords and furniture out of walking paths. Fasten carpets to the floor with tape or tacks. Don't use throw rugs.
Make sure that stairways are well lighted with sturdy handrails. Carpet runners should not be loose. If you have a vision problem, apply bright tape to the first and last steps.
Install grab handles and nonskid mats inside and just outside your shower and tub and near the toilet. Shower chairs and bath benches minimize the risk of falling.
Don't use difficult-to-reach shelves. Never stand on a chair. Use nonskid floor wax and wipe up spills immediately.
Put a light switch by the door and by your bed so you don't have to walk across the room to turn on a light. Plug night lights into electrical outlets in bedrooms, halls and bathrooms.