10 Gift Ideas to Help an Older Loved One Prevent Falls

It is the season for giving. But what can you give an older loved one who doesn’t want more “stuff”? Anything that helps to prevent a fall is always a great way to show how much you care. Here are some ideas:

  • Small flashlights to attach to keys, purses and coat buttons for extra visibility during the winter months
  • Attractive night lights that complement the loved one’s décor, but also help light the way around their home
  • Shoe covers and accessories that provide extra stability when walking on slippery surfaces (available at most sporting goods stores)
  • Fall alarm systems that are motion triggered
  • Higher toilets or toilet seat extensions
  • Professional installation of bathroom grab bars and stair handrails
  • Automatic lights over stairways and by outside entrances
  • A folding step-stool with a hand rail for access to out-of-reach places
  • A cordless phone or cell phone
  • Membership in exercise classes aimed at preventing falls, such as tai chi (and the offer to be their exercise partner)

What are some other great holiday gift ideas that can show you care and give you and your loved one the peace of mind of a lower falls risk? Share your ideas on our Facebook page.

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