Avoiding Falls Protecting the Elderly at Home Each year, one out of three Americans age 65 and older falls, and many sustain serious injuries including lacerations, broken bones and head injuries. A quick stumble also can prove deadly! Fortunately, many home interior and exterior tumbles for elders can be prevented through practical safeguards including the following: Clear clutter and electrical cords from pathways in the home. Add nightlights from bedroom to bathroom. Use stable, non-wheeled kitchen chairs with armrests. Stay aware of uneven terrain and slippery surfaces outdoors. Watch for holes, tree roots and ice. Check the height of curbs and steps before stepping up on them or down from them. For information about preventing falls among the elderly, access the Right at Home Fall Prevention Guide at www.rightathome.net/fall-prevention/. Right at Home Ann Arbor is a leading provider of in-home care and assistance for older and disabled adults. Contact us at (734) 971-5000 or visit www.rightathome.net/washtenaw.