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Prevent Falls with a Nightlight

jjue January 25th, 2013, 9:12 AM
Jeffrey Jue, PT, Rehabilitation Consultant
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Are you looking for a device that can help your loved one lower his or her risk of falling in the home? How about one that fits in the palm of your hand? Surprisingly this post isn’t about the latest generation of smart phones, but the good old-fashioned nightlight.

I have found that many older adults fall at night simply because adequate and accessible light is not available. A routine trip to the bathroom could potentially result in injury. Unfortunately, in this country, falls related injuries continue to be one of the leading causes of injury and death among the elderly.

The nightlight can be one of the most useful tools to help decrease the risk of falling. This handy device works by plugging into any working electrical outlet. Some of these lights even have sensors that will automatically turn on when the room is dark. I recommend plugging them in the bedroom, hallway and bathroom.

Check out our resource page for additional falls prevention strategies.

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  • [...] Prevent Falls with a Nightlight Are you looking for a device that can help your loved one lower his or her risk of falling in the home? How about one that fits in the palm of your hand? Surprisingly this post isn’t about the latest generation of smart phones, but the good old-fashioned nightlight.  – VNSNY [...]

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