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Home Living : April 17th 2012
4 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, April 17, 2012 MB AGED CARE THE STEPS TO SAFETY Janita Singh LOOK OUT FOR HAZARDS IN THE HOME Tread warily . . . slippery surfaces and stairs are risk areas. MORE than 66,000 elderly people are taken to hospital each year after suffering a fall, with wom- en at far greater risk, says an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report. The faIls could be as simple as tripping on loose rugs but the direct cost to the health system, according to the report, runs into the millions. Archicentre, the design and property service of the Aust- ralian Institute of Architects, says falls occur throughout life but it is in situations where the fall results in a life-threatening injury that it is a matter of concern. Environmental factors con- tributing to falls include slip- pery surfaces and uneven floors, poor lighting, poorly designed steps and stairs, lack of grab rails, and also hard surfaces causing injury on landing. But protruding door thre- sholds, loose rugs and carpet runners can also be hazardous, as well as tangled power and telephone cords. Behavioural factors such as DIY projects and gardening tasks on ladders and stepladders, and wearing unsuit- able footwear increase the risk of falls in older men and women. Research source: Monash University Accident Research Centre REDUCING THE RISK OF FALLS TIPS for the elderly on preventing falls in the home: A flat, accessible place is ideal for older residents who gradually lose mobil- ity or balance and risk injury while attempting to negotiate uneven paving or steps. Weather protection be- tween the garage and house will help reduce risks, such as carrying groceries in the rain over slippery surfaces. Interior colour schemes with good contrast helps people with diminishing eyesight identify doors and any changed surface conditions. Extra power points elim- inate the tangle of loose extension leads. Impact-absorbent floor surfaces to reduce poten- tial falls. Level-entry showers. Grab rails in the shower and toilet and at front and rear steps. Replace worn, torn or loose carpet. Put reflective strips on stairs. Install external sensor lights. Unit 17, 28 Vore St, Silverwater Tel: 9648 0000 Mob: 0430 134 499 Fax: 9648 1766 email@example.com 2127314 23/8 • Polyurethane & Vacuum Form Doors • Caesar Stone Benchtop • Free Quote & Design • Builders & bulk purchase welcome OPEN 7 DAYS Kitchen Direct Australia Quality Timber Blinds, and Plantation Shutters 2243953 11/10 COMPETE BLINDS & SHUTTERS WE BEAT ANY QUOTATION 1300 800 118 www.competeblinds.com.au • FREE Measure & Quote • 10 Years Guarantee Unit 2, 68-72 Derby Street, Silverwater 2128 • Showroom Open 6 Days www.designarobe.com.au CUSTOM MADE BUILT IN WARDROBES 9748 0844 BUILDING LIC NO 204289C 2219029 20/3 We await your visit to our showroom! Showroom by appointment Shop 1, 14 Cammeray Rd Cammeray A FAMILY BUSINESS THAT WILL GUARANTEE YOU QUALITY AND PERSONALISED SERVICE CARPORTS + AWNINGS - TIMBER DECKS 0( WWW AUSTEKHOMEIMPROVEMENTS COM AU !SK ABOUT OUR ./ ).4%2%34 %6%2 4ERMS &2%% $%3)'. 15/4% -ASTER "UILDER ,IC .O C 2094645 10/4 All pergolas and carports over 30m2 will receive $1000 cash back APRIL SALE! AUSTRALIA MADE QUALITY LOUNGES. HOME CINEMA MODULARS & RECLINERS: OUR SPECIALTY w ww.niceinteriors.com.au Showroom & Warehouse 10/1 Vuko Place Warriewood NSW 2102 Phone: 02 9913 1133 "Its all about QUALITY and COMFORT" Castle Hill Shop 79 Home Hub Centre Castle Hill NSW 2154 Phone: 9634 8855 From Only $1399 NORDIC 60 A chair to fit your body, small, medium, large. 15 styles in stock Divani Modular 1-2-3-4 or 5 seats Copenhagen Nice-Monaco 2198510 13/ 3
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