Dealing with Home Safety Hazards

Neil Gonter, MD Health Pro
  • My mother has osteoporosis and is moving to an assisted living facility. She will have her own apartment, and I’m wondering what modifications should be made for her to live safely (prevent falls, etc.)?

    There are many things to be careful of. Here are examples of some areas and their potential hazards:

    • Lighting - too dim or inaccessible switches
    • Carpets/rugs - torn/slippery/loose
    • Doors - inaccessible to others in emergency
    • Chairs - not supportive/inappropriate height/mobile
    • Wires/cords - exposed
    • Floors - slippery
    • Tables - wobbly or unstable
    • Bathtub - slippery
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    • Toilet - inappropriate height
    • Stairs - hand rails

    It is important that she has a home safety evaluation performed by a home care nurse, occupational therapist or other experienced professional who has expertise in this field.

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Published On: September 13, 2006