Falls can cause serious, often life-threatening injuries. Below are some tips from the Kansas Senior Press to make your home safer from falls.
• Get rid of throw rugs or secure them to the floor.
• Apply non-skid mats or appliques in bold, contrasting colors to the surface of tubs and showers.
• Install grab bars and a shower chair in showers.
• In closets, put your shoes on a shoe rack so you don't trip on them.
• Arrange your furniture so there's a clear path for walking, and keep clutter out of pathways.
• Avoid using furniture on wheels.
• Mark all corners of your furniture with contrasting colored pillows or throws to keep you from bumping into them. Low coffee tables in the middle of the room are a typical tripping hazard.
• Paint door sills, frames and door knobs in contrasting colors so they are more visible.
• Avoid hanging decorations and plants from the ceiling, where your head could bump them.
• Don't hang mirrors in places where the sun can cause blinding reflections and glare.
• Clap on/clap off lights in the living room and bedroom will keep you from having to get up to adjust the lighting.
• Close all cupboards and drawers after each use to avoid running into them.
• Paint or mark the edges of cabinets, drawers and appliance doors with contrasting colors so they are visible if left open.
• Keep commonly used items near you to avoid difficult reaching or use of a step stool. Avoid keeping frequently used items in a low cabinet that requires bending over.
Read next week for more suggestions about preventing falls.
Thursday: TOPS meet at 8:30 a.m. The art class meets at 10 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. We have been collecting baby wipes for our troops in Afghanistan. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, we will make greeting cards to send with the wipes.
Friday: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by STEPS at 10 a.m. A nurse is available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge begins at 12:45 p.m. On the first Friday of every month there is a covered dish dinner sponsored by the Finney County Senior Citizen Association. Bring a dish and join the fun which begins at 6 p.m.
Saturday: The Freedom Parade will be on Main Street. See you there. The pool room is open in the afternoon.
Sunday: Happy holiday.
Monday: The Senior Center and Finney County Transit are closed for the holiday.
Tuesday: Pitch is played at 12:45 p.m.
July 7: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m. STEPS begin at 10 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:45 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature "The Calhouns." The recommended donation is $4 per person. Bring finger food for the break.
Lunch is served at noon.
Thursday: Taco salad, Mexi-corn, tortilla chips, sherbet.
Friday: Pepper beef, steamed rice, diced tomatoes, wheat bread, rosy applesauce.
Monday: Senior Center is closed for the holiday.
Tuesday: Chicken enchilada pie, corn, broccoli, wheat roll, cherry crisp.
July 7: Salisbury steak, baked potato, tossed salad, cut tomatoes, muffin, fruited gelatin.