According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of three seniors will fall this year, but less than half of them will tell their doctors about it. Falls are the leading cause of injuries in seniors and often result in hip fractures, cuts, and severe head and brain injuries that can be fatal. After falling, many seniors are so frightened that they avoid activities they once enjoyed out of fear of falling again. The majority of falls happen at home, making it imperative that you take steps to protect the safety of your senior loved one living at home. To help you do that, here are some simple steps you can take to prevent falls in the home.

Clean up clutter

This is perhaps the easiest way to prevent falls. Remove stacks of old newspapers and magazines, especially from staircases and hallways. This also includes footstools and extension cords placed where people walk.

Make needed repairs and remove tripping hazards

Furnishing and accessories in the home often contribute to falls, leading to broken hips and other injuries. Check out every room in the house carefully, looking for things like loose carpet, wood floorboards sticking up, and slippery throw rugs. Repair, remove or replace those items immediately.

Install grab bars and handrails

These safety devices prevent many falls and injuries when installed correctly in stairways, hallways, and especially the bathroom. Make sure you have them by bathtubs, showers, and toilets so seniors can move carefully around slippery surfaces often found in the bathroom.

Avoid loose-wearing clothing

Though they’re very comfortable, baggy clothes often lead to trips and falls. Instead, choose clothes that fit well and are properly hemmed, and don’t drag on the ground or bunch up.

Have adequate lighting

Poor lighting is a significant hazard for seniors. Install brighter light bulbs, particularly in narrow hallways and on stairways. Add night lights in bedrooms and bathrooms for seniors who are up and about during the night.

Make shoes mandatory

Going around the house in just socks is very comfortable, but it increases the risk of slipping. Wearing shoes is preferable, but non-stick socks also work well.

Make it non-slip

Tubs and showers, as well as floors in bathrooms and kitchens, become very dang