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Fall-proofing homes helps prevent injuries

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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.

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