Bedroom

 

Risk FactorsPrevention
  • Poor lighting
  • Electrical cords across the floor
  • Beds/chairs that don't suppoort safe egress
  • Obstacles in pathways
  • Sliding throw rugs
  • Upended carpet edges
  • Ensure a light is within easy arm’s reach of the bed, and use nightlights to illuminate the path from the bed to the bathroom
  • Avoid rearranging bedroom furniture so people with limited vision do not stumble over objects and fall
  • Provide bright light making it easier to avoid obstacles and furnishings
  • Rearrange lights and electronics along the walls and out of pathways
  • Remove clutter so paths are wide, straight and clear
  • Remove throw rugs from pathways or secure them with non-slip backing
  • Position closet shelves between waist and shoulder high to avoid excessive bending/reaching
  • Ensure proper bed height (when sitting on edge of bed, elder’s knees should be 90 degrees, with both feet flat on floor)
  • Use enabling side rail/transfer pole to assist with safe bed egress
  • Provide stable chairs with armrests to help people with weak arms stand up safely

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