Assess your home and take some precautions to reduce the risk of dangerous falls

Whether it’s yourself or you are caring for an aging loved one, falling is a very serious concern for a lot of people.  In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimates one in four people 65-years-old or older fall each year.  It’s a scary reality that can lead to a host of other health problems.

Nicole Cundy is an occupational therapist with Consonus.  She recommends people do a 'fall prevention' of their homes.  Cundy says it's important people leave themselves plenty of space to get around their home and enough space for a walker to get through without bumping into anything.

Furniture is also important.

"We ask our client to sit in their favorite chairs," said Cundy.  The goal is to make sure furniture is at an appropriate height.  For example lower chairs are harder to get out of.  Higher chairs are a little easier to stand up from, according to Cundy.

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