The bedroom comes second only to the bathroom when it comes to frequency of falls in the home (and fall related injuries).
While the bedroom may seem like a safer place than most, it is important to note that this is where people change clothes, and frequently go from lying to standing (often quite quickly) – both of which can challenge balance and lead to the occurrence of a falling incident.
Remove All Rugs
Floor and throw rugs are common in bedrooms. While they may look nice, they do create a tripping hazard and as such can contribute to an increased risk of falling.
They should be removed from the bedroom (and the remainder of the house really), thus vastly reducing the number of tripping hazards from the home.
Remove Clutter Wherever Possible
We (as humans) have a tendency to hoard things – even if they don’t offer any real benefit to our lives. These things tend to accumulate until, once we have reached our twilight years, we have an abundance of things that take up too much space, and have greatly outlived their usefulness.
They themselves can become tripping hazards, while also making maneuvering in and out of bedroom cupboards not only awkward, but also dangerous. By removing clutter and unnecessary items of clothing, furniture, and other inanimate objects, we can substantially reduce the number of tripping hazards within the bedroom, which will greatly reduce our risk of falling.
Make Sure There’s Enough Light
While this tip can be applied to the entire house, it requires specific emphasis in the bedroom and hallways.
Bedrooms are traditionally one of the darkest rooms in the house (who can sleep when its light?). Poor lighting can hide tripping hazards and make it quite difficult to see objects and gauge depth.
This can be vastly improved by the inclusion of bright light bulbs, large lamps, and even remote controlled or automated night lights, all used as means to increase illumination and improve the room’s visibility during night hours.
Ensure Proper Bed Height
Similar to the bathtub situation, if the bed sits too high off the ground it can create a nasty falling hazard.
If your feet cant rest completely on the ground when sitting on the bed, then the bed is too high.
The addition of a small step can significantly reduce the distance one has to travel from the bed to the floor, which can greatly reduce the risk of falling from the bed.
Remove Tangled/Loose Cords
With the vast number of electrical appliances in the typical household, we tend to have an abundance of electrical cords running around the various rooms of the house.
This tends to be worse in the bedroom where we keep home phones, mobile phone chargers, laptop chargers, etc. etc. (the list goes on and on).
These cords can pose a serious tripping hazard if left uncovered or out in the open.
By using extension cords and power boards, we can ensure that electrical cords run behind furnishings (this may mean rearranging furniture to areas closer to power outlets if necessary) and not across the floor. This will limit the number of tripping hazards within the bedroom.