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Tips on preventing falls at home

Jason Howland, Mayo Clinic News Network on

Published in Health & Fitness

• Remove clutter and tripping hazards from high-traffic areas.

• Secure loose rugs with tape or nonslip backing.

• Keep your home brightly lit, and place a night light in bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways.

• Use an assistive device, such as a walker or cane, if needed.

• If you have pets, be aware that they might be at your feet.


"We not infrequently see people who tripped over their dog or their cat as they're trying to scurry out of the way," says Dr. Raukar.

Stay physically active to avoid future falls. Gentle exercise, like walking or tai chi, improves strength, balance, coordination and flexibility. And report all your falls to your health care team, even if they seem trivial.

"Sometimes it means something more is happening that needs to be investigated," says Dr. Raukar.

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