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Eliminating the risks of falls in your own home
As you age, the risk of falling or
injuring yourself in your own home
The reasons for this can vary but are
usually associated with instability due to
impaired general health, weakness, lack
of balance, impaired vision, mental
health and deficiencies in your diet.
Prescription medication, although a less
common cause, is also a factor in falls.
Unfortunately, one fall causing injury
can pave the way for more falls, so it's
important to make your home as safe as
possible to ensure you never fall in the
If you live in a two-storied home, it's
important to leave the stairs uninhibi-
ted, making sure items are not left lying
near the staircase, or positioned near it.
It's also equally as important to make
sure the stairs are maintained well. Damaged
or worn carpet should be repaired or
removed, and creaky steps should be checked
to make sure they are not rotten or damaged.
A sturdy hand rail should be in place for extra
stability, or consult a professional to discuss
the possibility of a chair lift upstairs.
And lastly, making sure all landings, stairs and
hallways are lit well at all times of the day.
If you live in a single levelled home, there are
still many hazards which could result in a bad
Any electrical cords should be tightly against
walls, away from door entrances and secured
to avoid trips. This is especially true with
larger items such as televisions and stereos
which could fall on the unsuspecting.
Any uncarpeted areas such as wood, polished
concrete or tiles should be walked on with
care, making sure there are no wet patches.
Bathrooms are a huge hazard, and are one of
the major areas for accidents to happen.
Having non-slip mats by the shower and in
the shower could be the difference between
showering successfully and ending up
seriously injured. Hand rails or a specially
made shower seat are a welcome addition in
If you are unable to shower without danger,
make sure someone is around to ensure you
manage -- this may mean hiring a caregiver
and/or having a family member close by.
It may seem an unnecessary precaution to
remove hazards in your own home -- after-all,
it's your living area therefore you know it
inside out. But failing health, growing old and
night time toilet stops can be dangerous,
therefore it's important to age gracefully --
eliminating and avoiding the dangers in your
It's never easy acknowledging
you are growing old, nor
admitting living on your own
in your own home has
become a struggle for you.
But when there is a superb facility which can
help make your platinum years extremely
enjoyable and enable you to age gracefully,
then there is no need to look any further than the
Ripponburn Lifestyle Village in Central Otago.
Ripponburn Lifestyle Village has many great features
and people soon discover that many of the wants
and needs they have can be met through opting to
make this the destination for their new home.
General manager Lois Kircher said the small town
environment of Ripponburn Lifestyle Village
provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Numerous planned outings, a safe environment and
the pleasant company of neighbours all help the
residents to confidently make that transition away
from their own home to this new one.
The proximity of the Ripponburn Lifestyle Village to
the Ripponburn Hospital and Home also means
while residents can maintain their independence
within the complex's beautiful setting, they are also
able to access health care as and when needed as
well as having meals provided if required and other
assistance when necessary.
While many more people are opting to make a
lifestyle village their home in their later years, Mrs
Kircher says a constant concern is often people don't
make the decision soon enough to move to the
''Often their failing health means they are not always
able to enjoy and participate in everything the
Village offers, and that's something we would really
like them to benefit from.''
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