Steps

 

Walking up/down steps

Risk Factors Prevention
  • Lack of handrail support
  • Lack of lighting
  • Steps/step coverings in poor repair

  • Stairway Activity:

  • Hurrying up/down steps
  • Carrying loads, unable to see steps
  • Wearing socks (easy to slip on steps)
  • Not using handrails
  • Install handrails on both sides of steps (handrails should extend beyond top/bottom step so elders know they are on solid footing; handrails should be round in shape to ensure good grasp)
  • Install increased stairway lighting and check for shadows that may cause visual confusion
  • Provide lighting at top/bottom of steps where most falls occur
  • Repair faulty steps/coverings
  • Install carpet or non-slip rubber treads on each step (carpeted stairs are preferable to bare steps because they are less slippery)
  • Work on education/behavior modification to change potentially accident-prone stairway activity (i.e., grasp hand rails)
  • Wear supportive footwear with slip-resistant soles

Other Areas of Fall Prevention

Cannot say enough wonderful things about Right at Home. Right at Home was originally hired just to help with medications for my 83-year-old father as he was alone in his home while his four daughters live in another state. As anyone that has an elderly loved one that lives out of state knows...it's hard to worry from afar. It was a great relief to know that Right at Home was checking on him and keeping in touch with us. The nurse was trustworthy, caring, kind and just fantastic in every way. Right at Home spent much time on the phone with us to help choose and get him into a rehab facility after he was sick last year, which I always felt was above and beyond. Just recently I was up visiting with my father because he had developed an infection. My dad refused to go to the hospital and the nurse from Right at Home stayed with us for an extra 4 hours or so until we could finally get the help my father desperately needed at the hospital. Again above and beyond. The Right at Home nurse was like an angel during this stressful time. Five stars is not enough to rate how much Right at Home helped us with our dad.

Mr. Heineman

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