Fall-proofing homes helps prevent injuries
A simple handrail in the shower prevents injuries.
Simple changes in the home reduce the number of falls people experience, according to a study in The Lancet. The modifications included handrails on staircases, grab bars and slip-resistant mats for bathrooms, outside lighting, and slip-resistant surfacing for outside decks and porches.
Researchers in New Zealand recruited 842 households for the study. They were randomly chosen for one of two options: receive free fall-proofing changes to the home or be put on a three-year waiting list for modifications.