The 8th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) is being observed today in the USA – the first day of fall. Falls are the leading cause of injuries to older Americans but they needn’t be. FPAD aims to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.
Every 13 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall related injury and half of these falls take place in the home. So it is important to inspect your home for fall risks and Dycem Non-Slip can help in many situations:
- Dycem Non-Slip Adhesive Strips can be used to add extra grip on stair / grab rails and provide a visual cue.
- Dycem Non-Slip Netting can be used under rugs to prevent them slipping, rucking and lifting.
- Dycem Non-Slip Floor Mats can be placed around the home to provide unbeatable stability for feet during a number of movements such as the transfer from bed to chair.
Other simple modifications to make your home safer include removing clutter, improving lighting, adding grab bars in the bathroom, adding a second hand rail on stairs, and non slip paint on outdoor steps.
Aside from keeping your home safe, here are 5 more steps you can take to prevent a fall.
Through these practical lifestyle adjustments, the likelihood of falls can be reduced substantially.