(HealthDay News) -- When an elderly person falls, it could cause life-threatening injury.
Here are steps you can take to make your home safe for seniors, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:
Keep the house well lit. Use bright lamps and overhead lighting, and keep night lights throughout the house.
Fasten area rugs and carpeting well to the floor, and use nonskid rug pads.
Keep electrical cords neat and out of areas where people walk.
Install hand rails in bathrooms and stairways.
In the kitchen, keep items within easy reach. Don't store things too high, where a stepladder is needed to reach them.