Fall-Proofing For Aging Adults - Infographic

By Katie Gilstrap | Preventing Falls & Creating a Safe Home | July 20, 2013

Protecting a aging loved one from falls is very important. Check out our tips for fall-proofing in the infographic below.

Fall-proofing for Aging Adults

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of hospitalization and ambulance calls for aging adults?

One in three adults age 65 and older falls each year. Falls can lead to severe injuries and hospitalization and even early death.

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury, death and are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury.

These tips can help reduce the risk of falls and promote healthier, more independent lives for older adults.

  • Understand the side-effects of your loved one's medications. Do they have side effects that could lead to falls?
  • Install grab bars and place non-sip rubber mats in the bathtub and shower.
  • Immediately clean up spills.
  • Install nightlights.
  • Avoid the use of scatter rugs, and clear the floor of clutter and cords.

  • Katie Gilstrap

    Cofounder of Lift Caregiving

    Katie is cofounder of Lift Caregiving and serves as an adjunct professor at University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an active member of her community and is a special correspondent for The Richmond Times Dispatch. She earned her Business Degree at The College of William & Mary and her MBA at The University of Richmond.

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