Brochure can help seniors avoid serious falls

Most serious falls occur in and around the home, but some simple precautions can help reduce your risk of falling, according to a news release.

For instance, make sure handrails in stairways are securely fastened and all rugs are secured to the floor with tacks, non-skid pads or double-sided tape.

Falling can lead to life-changing injuries and could result in having to give up some independence, but a new brochure called Preventing Falls at Home can help, the re-lease stated.

It offers these additional tips:

• Be sure you can move safely in the bathroom, and in and out of the bathtub or shower.

• Keep frequently used kitchen items, such as dishes and food, within easy reach.

• Place night lights in hallways, bedrooms, bathrooms and stairways.

Contact the Eldercare Locator at (800) 677-1116 to find local agencies that can help with fall prevention or to order the Preventing Falls at Home brochure.

A copy of the Preventing Falls at Home brochure also can be downloaded by visiting