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Safety tips offered to age at home

Most adults prefer to age in place - that is, to remain in their home as long as possible.

Falls are the most common home accidents for older adults. Six out of every 10 falls happen at home with 69% occurring in the bathroom. Homes are a great place to begin to “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls!" It is recommended that older adults survey their homes to identify hazards and make changes to safely age in place. Here are some tips to help get started:

  • Install grab bars in the bathroom, use a non-slip bathmat.
  • Remove clutter, loose rugs and cords from walkways.
  • Color contrast edges of steps to distinguish changes of elevation, install and use railings.
  • Wear supportive non-slip footwear; even within the home. Don’t hurry.
  • Wipe up spills immediately to avoid slipping on a wet surface.
  • Use a proper step stool with a hand rail. Never use a folding chair.

For more resources, Fall Prevention Bingo and a Fall Prevention Home Safety Checklist, visit the Cass County’s Live Healthy website, including Fall Prevention Home Safety Checklist at http://www.co.cass.mn.us/livehealthy/falls_prevention.php.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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