Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time. Many falls could be prevented by making simple changes.

Last week, we looked at general precautions for your home, this week, we will focus on making your bathroom safer.

• Properly placed grab bars in your tub and shower, and next to the toilet, can help you avoid falls. Have grab bars installed, and use them every time you get in and out of the tub or shower. Be sure the grab bars are securely attached to the wall.

• You might find it helpful to rearrange often-used items in your home to make them more accessible. Store bathroom items, towels, washcloths, toilet paper, etc., within easy reach. This simple change could prevent a fall that might come from standing on a stool to get to an item.

Hancock County Health System's Rehabilitation Department will be hosting a seven-week program called Stepping On with the goal of preventing falls for the elderly. Classes start in September and there is limited room in the class.

For more information about the program or fall prevention, call 641-843-5500.

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