The issue of social care has been a huge talking point in the UK for years now, particularly from a financial perspective. In 2017/18, for example, the total expenditure on adult social care by local authorities reached a staggering £21.3 billion, with this showing a 3.3% increase on the previous years’ figures.

From a more humanistic perspective, one of the biggest challenges associated with social care is maintaining the health and wellbeing of patients. After all, many are required to live at home and require daily live-in assistance, putting both patients and carers at risk of rickety stairs, loose electrical cords and tripping hazards.

The most commons causes of falls in the home occur when you have a false sense of security, which is why prevention starts with the creation of a safe living space. So, here are some steps to help you create this type of environment.

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  1. Remove the Clutter
This may be the most simplistic approach, but one that’s easily overlooked when you lack mobility and your carer is focused on attending to your personal needs.

Make no mistake; if either you or a relative could clear the clutter from your home, this would immediately remove unnecessary tripping hazards and optimize the floor space at your disposal at any given time.

Stacks of old newspapers and magazines should definitely be removed, while staircases and hallways should be kept completely clear of any clutter at all.

If you need to, take a gradual approach to declutter your home and don’t be afraid to ask for help in carrying out this task.

  1. Install Grab Bars and Handrails
This is another important consideration, as many falls occur in the bathroom thanks to the omnipresent threat posed by slippery surfaces.

One way to negate this is to install grab bars in all bathrooms and toilet spaces. After all, these safety devices are crucial for getting on and off the toilet safely and getting out of the bathtub without injuring yourself.

On a similar note, we’d also recommend installing secure handrails in all stairwells, while you may want to consider doing the same in the hallway.

Essentially, it’s important to understand the layout of your home and implement practical measures to help you navigate the space safely at all times.

  1. Give Careful Consideration to your Clothing
On a final note, it’s also important to consider the clothing that you wear in the home and understand how this impacts on your safety.

While you may prefer to wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothes around the home, for example, this can create a tripping hazard as garments are likely to billow and potentially fall.

So, opt for better fitting clothes that hug the figure tighter, and consider investing in specialist footwear from a supplier such as Mobility Solutions.

This supplier sells clothes and accessories for people who experience mobility issues, with their shoes renowned for being durable and boasting secure soles that offer exceptional grip and minimise the daily risk of falling in our outdoors.