Safety isn’t rocket science, it is basically just plain old common sense, but you only know what you know and I learn new things every single day. It’s one of the joys of living. So is independence and there are small things that you can do in your home today that could save you a trip to the hospital down the road.
I have learned most of these the hard way. I am guilty of midnight snacking, late-night bathroom trips, and sometimes insomnia. I also think that I can see in the dark. I can’t. This is why I’ve broken my leg and had to have surgery in 2017, 2020 I had to have my hip replaced and then fell on the newly healing hip, and then this year I tripped over a fan that we had set up in the bathroom which I promptly forgot about and broke my right foot.
My poor husband had to jump out of bed so many times to see what “I’ve fallen over this time” I’m afraid he has PTSD. Every single one of these injuries would have been prevented had I taken these steps beforehand. Some people have to do things the hard way…it’s nice to meet you.
So how could I save myself thousands, 2 surgeries, three months in a wheelchair, a boot, a walker, crutches, and on and on?
Number one on the list is:
The AUVON NIGHTLIGHT!
If I had these in my stairway I wouldn’t have fallen down the steps or tripped over the fan! Now, I have them in my bathroom, in my kitchen, and in the hallway. (We moved and did away with the second floor). They are super bright but they are also small and out of the way. I honestly felt stupid for never thinking about it before.
The RUG GRIPPER
I have what I call throw rugs in my kitchen and I have tripped and almost tripped quite a few times over them. Especially if I’m wearing slippers. If I had this product I wouldn’t have dumped a whole plate of food on my husband’s head one night! Wink, wink. Just kidding it truly was an accident and the poor man had me get in the shower (I was covered as well) and he cleaned up the whole mess!
Try these for STAIRWAY GRIPPERS
The SHOWER BAR
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized. FROM THE NY TIMES.
I find that the fact that this brand is screwed into the wall very comforting. I’ve grabbed onto those other suction bars and they have let loose for no reason. With these you know you’re not going anywhere.
This doesn’t have anything to do with falls, but being able to manage your own medication is a huge indicator that more help is needed. I have tried several medicine keepers and I found this one so much easier. It tells you the date, the day of the week and also whether it’s morning, noon, or night. When my mom could no longer manage her medicine she moved in with me and later a nursing home before her death in 2019. This would have helped her and gave her a little more independence in her life.
As is well documented I am
a little horribly clumsy, but it isn’t just walking. A few months ago I had a small kitchen fire because there was too much water on some potatoes I was attempting to fry. I have never had that happen before (well there was that one time I burned my eyebrows off trying to light a gas stove but that’s a story for another time).
FOR ALL ELSE THE MUST HAVE FIRST AID KIT
Even with all of these products accidents can still happen. Just ask my husband so he has become prepared for doctoring small injuries on the fly. So he keeps one in the car and one in the house at all times. He even attached one to my granddaughter’s bike when he removed her training wheels! (She’s just like her mamaw).
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