5 Most Dangerous Places for Falls in the Home
1. The Bathroom
The environment in the bathroom increases the risk of for falls as it involves water, slippery surfaces and no protective clothing. People with compromised breathing issues often fine the bathroom environment with its high humidity to be difficult too breathe. Many bathrooms don’t have adequate lighting especially in the shower area. Lastly, many toilets and tubs are not set up with grab bars, or have grab bars in the wrong position and have the incorrect style of grab bar for safety.
2. The Bedroom
The environment in the bedroom increases the risk of falls often due to bed height, inadequate lighting, and the user not being alert due to sleeping. Falls in the bedroom usually revolve around the bed itself. Bed heights can challenge the user weather the bed is too tall or too short. Bedroom falls are often slides out of the bed onto the floor. Nocturnal visits to the bathroom are often the culprit for falling in the bedroom as a fall often results from feet getting caught up in the bedsheets. People who suffer from low blood pressure, or light-headed ness going from laying down to sitting up are more likely to fall when they go to stand.
3. The Stairs
The environment of the stairs can easily lend itself to a fall and a fall on the stairs can result in minor to significant injury including: fracture of arm or leg, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury. Stairs require the user to have leg strength, proprioception, adequate reaction and attention. Many falls on the stairs were the result of carrying a load of laundry. Without hands on railing on the stairs and carrying a load can put the users center of gravity off center resulting in a fall. Many stairs are also not adequately lit for safe usage.
4. The Kitchen
The kitchen environment also has slippery surfaces and water, but falls in the kitchen are usually the result of reaching high and low into the kitchen cabinets. Reaching and looking up or reaching and looking down can induce light headedness and dizziness. It can also set off vertigo symptoms.
5. The Hallway
The hallway environment is another area of the house that can increase falls risk as it is often poorly lit, and may have throw rugs, and maybe too narrow for a rolling walker. Hallways usually connect bedrooms and bathrooms and many nocturnal visits to the bathroom end in falls in the hallway.