Blog Post: February 8th, 2021
Clint Lutterman, Doctor of Physical Therapy
“Improving Home Safety”
Everyone wants to stay in their own home as long as possible, but there are certain activities that need to be done in order for that to happen. For many people with illness, injury, or age related changes, these activities become difficult and impact their ability to stay safely in their home. So, what are some things I can do to improve safety within my home? Home modifications are sometimes required to stay at home or return home safely. One thing you can do is see an occupational or physical therapist. They can help ensure these modifications are specific to an individual’s needs and home situation.
There are many simple and affordable options to promote safety within the home. One modification would be reducing clutter and removing tripping hazards. For example, this could mean getting rid of floor rugs and/or covering/moving cords and wire. Another modification would be to ensure furniture is sturdy, appliances are in good working condition, and that there is adequate lighting throughout the home. These things can greatly improve home safety.
Other home modifications include a variety of adaptive equipment. This promotes independence and safety within the home. This equipment can be used in various rooms within the home and may include shower chairs and/or benches, grab bars, raised seating, reachers, sock aids, and many more. Your physical or occupational therapist will help you determine which types of equipment can and should be used to enhance safety within your home. Home is where you should feel most safe, so let us help. It is your choice where you go for physical therapy, and you don’t need a referral to come see us. Visit our locations page to schedule an appointment!