As you get older, the risk of suffering serious harm from a fall increases. While many people tend to associate injuries with the outdoors, many of the worst slip and fall accidents happen in the home. This means that it becomes more and more important to take precautions in your home—or in a loved one’s home—to reduce the chances of a fall. One of the most important steps you can take is to install the proper lighting. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Start with your living spaces.
You should make sure that all of the most-used rooms in your home are fully illuminated. This will probably include all bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways, stairways, and the kitchen. Even if you don’t use them frequently, however, you should make sure that areas such as attics and garages have bright, adequate lighting.
Don’t forget the outdoors.
It’s equally important to make sure that outdoor areas such as porches have the proper amount of illumination. Make sure that the lights are placed so that they will keep steps visible, and also make sure that gates and other entryways are easy to see at night.
Invest in motion sensors.
One of the best ways to ensure that seniors are safe in their homes is to purchase motion-sensitive lighting. This means that lights will automatically switch on whenever a person walks into the room, without any need to flip a switch. This helps to ensure that accidents don’t happen as a result of forgetfulness or difficulty using light switches as a result of stiff muscles.
Make sure the lights are bright enough.
It won’t do any good to have lights in every room if they aren’t bright enough to illuminate your way. If any of your lights are starting to fade, make sure to replace the bulbs right away. Better yet, use LED lights, which provide better illumination and are also more long-lasting than traditional lights.