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Home Safety Tips for Older People

Falls are the biggest cause of injury to older people.

Research shows that the risk of having a fall is increased by these factors:

• Deterioration of balance and gait
• Muscle weakness
• Using 4 or more different medication
• Deteriorating eyesight
• Previous falls

Other factors that increase the risk of having a fall include:

• Cold housing conditions
• Poor lighting
• Shoes that do not fit correctly
• Unsafe stairway area


Here are a few steps which can be taken to help reduce the risk of a fall:

Medicines

Moving around the home

 Eyesight

Podiatry

 

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