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Protected Path Program

The Pathfinder Protected Path Program Guide is a guide for senior citizens, their caretakers and their loved ones to assist them with properly identifying fall hazards in their home environment.  This is an important step in ensuring the safety of our elder loved ones.  With this program, you will identify the key places throughout your home where fall hazards are mostly likely to occur and how to eliminate them.

Making Your Home Safe

The most important step you can take is to make sure that the environment you are living in is safe.  While it may appear on the surface that everything is secure, even the smallest detail, if overlooked, compose a fall risk.

Frequent Inspections to identify the fall hazards are recommended and should include evaluation of the lighting, condition of floors, steps and carpets. The following is a list of guidelines that can help ensure that you are living in a secure home environment.

Use Proper Lighting

The use of bright fluorescent lighting throughout the home will make it easier for you to see where you are going and what you are doing and will reduce the risk of falls and injuries.
Make certain that the most traveled areas in the home, such as bathrooms, bedrooms, hallways and stairways are properly lit and that light switches are conveniently placed at the top and bottom of staircases.

Make certain that the most traveled areas in the home, such as bathrooms, bedrooms, hallways and stairways are properly lit and that light switches are conveniently placed at the top and bottom of staircases.

Floors & Carpets

The best way to prevent falls in the home is to make sure flooring and carpeting are intact and secure.  Use non-slip treads on stairs, bathmats in tubs and showers, and be sure to fasten down any loose rug or carpeting.

Make certain that thresholds at doorways are no more than ½ inch high.  This will help prevent you from tripping and falling.
You should also be sure to inspect the above items often and be sure to fix or replace any broken or uneven steps, flooring that is warped, worn out or buckling.

Safety in the Kitchen

The kitchen is often one of the most popular rooms in the house.  It can also be one of the most dangerous.  Below are some tips that will help minimize risk in the kitchen.

  • Make sure gas stoves have an automatic shut off
  • Keep items that are used most often within reach
  • Safely store sharp items when not in use.
Safety in the Bedroom

The list below has guidelines to follow to make sure that you or your loved ones bedroom is safe any time of the day or night.

  • 1st Floor Bedroom – By having a first floor bedroom, you will have increased independence to get from one room to next and without the added use of a staircase their risk of falling is greatly reduced.
  • Bedroom Setup – Consider positioning the bed against a wall on a rug or non skid mat.  If applicable, keep the bed in the lowest position with wheels locked. You should also consider placing the bed near the bathroom or placing a portable toilet near the bed.
  • Bed Rails – Attaching bed rails to the side of your bed will not only assure that you do not roll out of bed; it will also assist you with getting in and out of bed.
  • Lighting – Keep a flashlight at your bedside in case of emergencies.  Use night lights to keep the path from the bed to bathroom well lit.
Safety in the Bathroom

Each year there are a growing number of bathroom related injuries involving toilets, showers and tubs.  Below are some tips for making bathrooms safe.

  • Install grab bars in tubs and showers
  • Use non slip mats inside and outside the tub and shower
  • Install a hand held showerhead
  • Put a stool with a nonskid bottom inside the shower
  • Make sure soaps, towels and other necessary items are within reach
  • Use raised toilet seats



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