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Senior Citizen's Guide

Home Safety Checklist

Most falls occur at home and most fractures result from a fall at home. Falls can lead to a tragic loss of older people's independence and mobility. Simple modifications to the interior of your house can cut by one-half your risk of falling. Where necessary, install safety devices.

Each year, more than 734,000 people over 65 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with stairs, bathtubs, furniture, carpeting and other products seniors live with and use every day. Thousands of these injuries are related to falls: 3,000 seniors each year fall while standing on chairs; 6,800 seniors trip on rugs or carpet runners. Many of these accidents could be prevented. Changes in furniture arrangement, housekeeping and lighting will help reduce your risk of falling at home. Use tis checklist as a guide.

Stairs and Steps

Bathroom

Bedroom

Living Areas

Kitchen

For a free "Don't Let a Fall Be Your Last Trip" brochure, call the Academy's public service telephone number (800) 824-BONES or send a stamped, self addressed business size envelope to Don't Let a Fall Be Your Last Trip, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, P.O. Box 1998, Des Plaines, Ill. 60017.

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