Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"Make Sure Fall Is Without Falls"

Fall weather is quickly approaching - so is that beautiful fall color we wait for all year. Football and school are both back also.

September is "Falls Prevention Month" so as we begin fall, let's make sure that the only type of fall we are talking about is the weather - not one where someone is potentially injured.

Falls aren't limited to the elderly, but it seems to be more disastrous and longer lasting (even traumatic) when it happens to people who aren't quite as physically prepared to rebound well from an accidental fall.

Falls and falls prevention relate back to personal safety - how well someone's home or apartment allows them to exist within it safely. Are the passageways open to permit free movement? Is the space comfortable? Are there obstacles that restrict mobility, storage that is out in the open rather than put away, general clutter, or just too much stuff that is accumulating everywhere?

Whether it is our personal residence, that of a parent or other loved one, a neighbor or someone else we know, or one that we have been retained to improve, we have a huge responsibility. As aging-in-place specialists, remodelers, OTs and PTs, designers, builders, real estate sales professionals, and others knowledgeable about interior space utilizattion, we know the danger that clutter generates. General busyness of patterns and furniture, too much glare, and lack of contrast also contribute to potential falls.

Restricted access and passage, dizzying patterns, not enough light, and glare that hides surfaces or creates the illusion of wetness are dangers that we cannot afford to let exist as long as we have some say in correcting them. This is our challenge - for our own residences, for our relatives and friends, and for our clients.

Let's take "Falls Prevention Month" as a reminder that this is a top priority all year (and not just September) - creating and maintaining safe, comfortable, convenient, ancd accessible dwellings for everyone that we have the ability to do so.

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