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How to Safe-Proof Your Bedrooms!

Staying independent is important to all of us! Unfortunately, local emergency departments see an alarming numbers of injuries related to preventable falls and sometimes even death. Safe-proofing your home should be taken seriously to protect yourself and loved ones at home. Here are some great tips you can incorporate to help safe-proof your bedrooms!

Bed Height

Getting in and out of bed can be very difficult due to a bed being too soft, too low, or too high. This can result in loss of balance and unnecessary falls! Take a moment to look if raising or lowering the bed would help comfortably transfer to and from your bed safely.


Keep a walker without wheels at your bedside to assist with the ease of getting in and out of bed.

Bedside Rails & Grab Bars

Install bed side rails or grab bars. They can be of great assistance while getting in and out of bed. These can be installed easily anywhere in your home. These bars allow you the security to grab onto something to pull yourself up or to hold onto to securely sit down. Easily installed with no hardware, many grab bars are simply secured in place by twisting for appropriate tension from floor to ceiling.

Prevent Slips

Secure a anti-slip mat at the bedside on non-carpeted floors to make getting in and out of bed much safer.

Ensure There Is Enough Lighting

Good lighting is very important to see what you are doing. Keep lighting switches easily accessible with a wide variety of options of lamps and lighting that can be controlled by remote controls. Your local hardware stores will be able to direct you to what options would best suit your needs.

Reduce Strains

Keep regularly used items within easy reach. Ensure to not store too high or too low having items out of safe reach.

Pathways & Common Areas

Keep pathways clear around the bed, dressers and closets. All items should be put away and off the floor, safely out of any walking space to prevent tripping hazards.

And in case of an emergency...

Pre-program contacts in your phone and have at your bedside in the event of an emergency.

These simple changes can make a bedroom significantly more safe for anybody! Remember to always perform home upgrades with professional help, and triple-check that everything works. Spend time going over everything you have done with the person using it, and you can be sure that your bedrooms are safer than ever!

Article #1: Bedroom

Article #2: Bathroom

Article #3: Living Room & Stairwells

Article #4: Halls & Entryways

Article #5: Kitchen

Safe-proofing is vital for independent living and reduces stresses and worries for everybody in the family! Read our complete series of tips for safe-proofing your home.

Be sure to follow these additional tips for your safety!

  • Avoid standing too quickly; always gather yourself first.
  • Ensure you wear your glasses and make sure they are clean for proper visibility
  • Always have proper indoor and outdoor footwear
  • Keep all items within easy reach
  • Be sure to inform your family doctor if you are experiencing dizziness or blurred vision
  • Keep similar items together in familiar places
  • Falls often occur from not wanting to ask for assistance; be sure to ask for help when you feel you need it. Being safe and preventing falls before they happen is a good way to prevent unnecessary fractures or loss of independence

Choose to be safe! Your independence matters!

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