Fall Prevention at Home: Tips & Products to Prevent Falls

Falls are a major concern for Australians over 65. As we age, our bodies change, making us more susceptible to falls.

This can be due to muscle weakness, stiff joints, balance issues, and reduced eyesight. Chronic health conditions can also play a role.

The good news is that falls can be prevented! By understanding where falls are most likely to happen in your home and putting in place a strategy to reduce the risk of falls can help to maintain independence at home.

In this guide, we’ve outlined some of the things to consider when it comes to falls prevention at home.

Why Fall Prevention Matters

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalisation for Australians over 65.

Even minor falls can result in serious injuries and a loss of confidence, leading to decreased mobility.

In fact, one in three people over 65 experiences a fall each year. Since most falls happen at home, creating a safe environment is crucial. There are many different risk factors that can increase the risk of falling.

These include:

  • Loss of Balance
  • High blood pressure
  • Poor Lighting
  • Slippery Floors
  • Memory problems
  • Behaviours, like rushing
  • Multiple medications
  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Past falls
  • Depression
  • Poor vision
  • Hazards in the home and community
  • Problems walking
  • Improper footwear
  • Weakness

How To Reduce The Fall Risk

There are two main approaches to preventing falls at home: modifying your environment and staying healthy.

Home Modifications

Modifying your environment is an important step in reducing the risk of falls. To start, remove any tripping hazards such as loose rugs and electrical cords that could cause you to trip and fall.

Improve lighting by installing night lights in form of brighter bulbs and motion-activated lights, especially in areas like stairways and hallways. Installing non-slip mats and grab bars in key areas like the shower, bathtub, and toilet can also provide support and balance, reducing the risk of falls.

Additionally, secure heavy furniture and appliances to the walls to prevent them from tipping over, and consider replacing slippery flooring with non-slip options like carpet or rubber flooring.

Staying Healthy

Staying healthy is also crucial in preventing falls. Regular check-ups with your doctor can help identify any health concerns that may contribute to falls.

Maintaining good eye health through regular eye exams and wearing glasses consistently can also help improve vision and reduce the risk of falls.

Have an annual medication review with your pharmacist and/or doctor, or when your health changes. Bring all your medicines, vitamins, and supplements with you. Ask about potential side effects and interactions, especially if you're taking four or more medicines.

Eating a balanced diet that includes foods rich in calcium and vitamin D can help improve bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water can also help improve balance and reduce the risk of falls.

Finally, engaging in regular exercise or physical activity such as strength training and balance exercises can help improve muscle strength and balance. Ask you health care provider about an exercise program suited to your situation.

By modifying your environment and staying healthy, you can significantly reduce your risk of falls and maintain your independence at home.

Bendtech Fall Prevention Products

Bendtech, Australia's leading manufacturer of access and mobility solutions, offers a variety of high-quality products to help you stay safe and independent at home.

Their grab rails, for instance, are available in various designs and sizes to fit any bathroom or hallway. Featuring secure mounting for added safety, non-slip surfaces for a firm grip, and durable materials that can withstand daily use.

Here's a closer look at some of Bendtech's fall prevention products:

Grab Rails

These sturdy handrails are strategically placed in areas where stability and support are required. Bendtech offers a wide range of grab rails, including:

  • Straight grab rails for hallways and beside toilets.
  • Angled grab rails for additional support getting in and out of showers and baths.
  • Folding grab rails for tight spaces that can be tucked away when not in use.

Also read: Grab rail vs. Hand rails – what’s the difference?

Bathroom Aids

Showering can be difficult for seniors with mobility issues. Bendtech's bathroom aid products allow for a safer and more secure bathroom environment.

Ramp Rails

Installing grab rails along stairs and walkways can significantly improve safety for people with limited mobility. Bendtech's ramp rails are:

  • Modular and can be assembled on-site without any special tools.
  • Sturdy and safe, and can be customised to fit your specific needs.

Consulting a healthcare professional or occupational therapist can help you determine the best fall prevention strategies and equipment for your individual needs.

Contact Bendtech

Falls are a serious concern, but by taking steps to prevent them, you can live a safe and independent life. If you require grab rails, handrails, or any other products that can assist the elderly or people with disabilities, Bendtech can help!

We're Australia's leading manufacturer and distributor of quality engineered access and mobility solutions. We're the only Australian manufacturer of stainless steel tubing which is utilised in our grab rail product range, including our unique anti-slip grip finishers.

Give us a call on 07 3290 4007 to discuss your requirements.