Slips, trips or falls can happen at any time. Many falls occur in or around the home but could be prevented by being aware of risks. Simple and practical adjustments at home can reduce your risk and improve safety.
Avoid using throw rugs and runners that are not secured and check carpet for worn areas. Small threshold ramps may help negotiate uneven surfaces. Stair handrails should be on on both sides of steps and stairs but at least on one side is a necessity.
Avoid leaving clutter on the floor. Hang up that clothing and tuck those shoes and handbags away. Pile up books and magazines in a safe area. Left on the floor these become a tripping hazard. Ensure any electrical cords do not cross walkways. These should be taped to skirting boards or tucked under furniture.
Patients undergoing cancer treatment are more at risk of osteoporosis and bones weakened from metastatic cancer can break or fracture. Extreme care needs to be taken not to fall. If you fall, let your medical team and your caregivers know. They might need to check you for injuries.
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