July 20, 2011

If you have determined that some home modifications are in order, Continuum recommends considering some of the following simple home modifications:

Flooring Considerations
Use a very low pile indoor carpet, or a non-skid tile.
Use a contrast in color with paint, carpet and furniture to denote changes in surface types or levels.
Secure rugs with nonskid tape as well as carpet edges.
NO throw rugs EVER.

Lighting Considerations
Add electrical outlets to reduce cords running across large areas.
Check lighting for adequate illumination and glare control.
Maintain nightlights or motion-sensitive lighting throughout home.

Keep commonly used items within easy reach.
Avoid using floor polish or wax in order to reduce slick surfaces.

Living, Dining and Family Rooms
Keep electrical and telephone cords out of the way.
Arrange furniture so that you can easily move around it (especially low coffee tables).
Remove caster wheels from furniture.
Use television remote control and cordless phone.

Put in a bedside light with a switch that is easy to turn on and off (or a touch lamp).
Have a nightlight.
Locate telephone within reach of bed.

Install grab bars on walls around the tub and beside the toilet, strong enough to hold a person’s weight.
Add nonskid mats or strips to bathtubs.
Add a padded bath or shower seat.
Install a raised toilet seat if needed.
Use nonskid mats or carpet on floor surfaces that may get wet.

For more information about fall prevention, or on anything relating to home modifications, please call Continuum at (314) 863–9912.