If you look after someone who has a history of slips, trips and falls it's important to do some regular home maintenance to help create slip-free floors. Avoiding more slips, trips and falls can help them stay safe in their home and stay independent as long as possible, minimising the need for more intense care and hospital visits that come with broken bones and strains.

Slip-free tiles

Wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms can be very slippery once water gets onto the tiles. You can add a non-slip coating such as those used in outdoor pool areas to make the tiles less slippery. You can also add slip-proof plastic mats in the bath and shower hob to make these areas less slippery as they are often areas which are wet and where people are moving around in bare feet. 

Even floor area

Small changes in floor level, such as edging between a carpeted area and a non-carpeted area, can also become a trip hazard. Many people fail to notice these small changes in height and can easily fall especially if they have already had balance issues. You can get edging covers to help make a slight gradient and to make these sections softer. Also, tack down the edges of carpets, rugs and linoleum with small carpet tacks so that the corners won't flick up and create additional trip hazards.

Power cords off the floor

At the same time, it's a good idea to do a check of where power points and power cords in the house are. Loose power cords across a floor can easily become trip hazards so placing brackets on the walls and running all power cords through these can help to reduce the number of trip hazards in a room. If you don't have enough length to run around the edge of the room, you might need to buy some extensions cords from the hardware store so that they can reach the power points. 

Enough light

If there are quite a few blown light bulbs the home can also get dark, which makes tripping more common. Check all the lights when you visit and replace blown lightbulbs. 

If you have an elderly relative who is prone to trips and falls, it can be useful to have a home health care service visit them regularly. The service can help with regular home maintenance as well as provide support for health care needs, to ensure that people can remain independent at home for as long as possible.