“Safety is no accident. It’s a choice we need to make each and every day.” This quote, from the website of the National Safety Council (NCS), is a great reminder of things that we do daily that affect our wellbeing.
Preventable injuries are the 4th leading cause of death in the US. For the age group of 65 & Older, more than 69 preventable deaths occur EVERY DAY. NCS suggests that making small changes today can make a huge difference tomorrow.
Here are three things to do today.
Fall-proof the bathrooms
Use non-skid mats near the tub or shower and install grab bars near the tub and toilet
Secure your furniture to avoid tip-overs
Use proper step stool when reaching for high objects and if using furniture to ambulate around a room, make sure to secure in place.
Pay attention to where you are walking
Provide adequate lighting in every room and stairway and create adequate space for use of walking aids
We all face a variety of risks throughout our lives. When we keep safety top of mind, we are all empowered to make safe decisions for ourselves and those we care about.
Visit nsc.org for more helpful information and resources.
Contact Stephanie Saunders RN, BSN, CSA at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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