Home Safety

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300 S. Prairieville St
PO Box 991
Athens, TX 75751

Toll Free: 877-596-3500
Phone: 903-677-3500
Fax: 903-677-4700

Office Hours:
M-F 9am - 4pm

Our services may include but are not limited to:

  • Supportive Care Education of Disease Process
  • Individual and Family Counseling
  • Management and Evaluation of Patient Care
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Home Safety and Emergency Education
  • Medication Education
  • Assistance with ADLs
  • Nutrition Education
  • Restorative Therapy (Physical, Occupational and Speech)
  • Medical Social Services

Falls at Home

Each year, thousands of older Americans fall at home. Many of them are seriously injured, and some are disabled. In 2002, more than 12,800 people over the age of 65 died and 1.6 million were treated in emergency departments because of falls.

Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to fix. This checklist will help you find and fix those hazards in your home.

The checklist asks about hazards found in each room of your home. For each hazard, the checklist tells you how to fix the problem. At the end of the checklist, you will find other tips for preventing falls.

FLOORS

look at the floor in each room.

Q: When you walk through a room, do you have to walk around furniture?
A: Ask someone to move the furniture so your path is clear.

Q: Do you have throw rugs on the floor?
A: Remove the rugs or use double sided tape or a non-slip backing so the rugs won’t slip.

Q: Are there papers, books, towels, shoes, magazines, boxes, blankets, or other objects on the floor?
A: Pick up things off the floor. Always keep objects off of the floor.

Q: Do you have to walk over or around wires or cords like lamp, telephone, or extension cords?
A: Coil or tape cords and wires next to the wall or have an electrician install another outlet.

STAIRS AND STEPS

look at the stairs you use both inside and outside of your home.

Q: Are there papers, books, shoes, etc. on the stairs?
A: Pick up things off of stairs, and keep stairs clean.

Q:Are some steps broken or uneven?
A: Fix loose or uneven steps.

Q: Are you missing a light over the stairs?
A: Have an electrician install a light at the top and bottom of the staircase.

Q: Has the stairway light burned out?
A: Have a friend or family member replace it for you.

Q: Is the carpet on the steps loose or torn?
A: Make sure the carpet is firmly attached to every step, or remove the carpet and attach non-slip rubber treads to the stairs.

Q: Are handrails loose or broken? Is there a handrail on only one side of the stairs?
A: Fix loose handrails or install new ones, and make sure they are on both sides of the stairs.

KITCHEN

look at your kitchen and eating area.

Q: Are things you use often on high shelves?
A: Keep things you use often in lower cabinets, about waist high.

Q: Is your step stool unsteady?
A: If you must use a step stool, get one with a bar to hold onto. Never use a chair to stand on.

BATHROOMS

look at all your bathrooms.

Q: Is the tub or shower floor slippery?
A: Put a non-slip rubber mat on the floor of the tub or shower.

Q: Do you need some support when you get in and out of the tub or up from the toilet?
A: Have a carpenter install grab bars inside the tub and next to the toilet.

BEDROOMS

look at all your bedrooms.

Q: Is the light near the bed hard to reach?
A: Place a lamp close to the bed where it’s easy to reach.

Q: Is the path from your bed to your bathroom dark?
A: Use nightlight so you can see where you are walking; some nightlights automatically activate after dark.

Other Things You Can Do To Prevent Falls

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get up slowly after you sit or lie down.
  • Wear shoes inside and outside.
  • Know what medications cause you to become sleepy or dizzy.
  • Improve the lighting in your home.
  • Have your vision checked annually.
  • Paint a contrasting color on the top edge of all steps.

Vision: Our vision is to simply exceed the quality and service expectations of those we serve…

Philosophy: Our philosophy is providing patient care to the best of our ability in an effort to promote healing while maintaining respect through teamwork…

Mission Statement: Outstanding Service with Integrity.