Steady Steps to Prevent Seniors’ Slips and Falls

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Slips and falls are a common cause of injury in the United States, and the risk increases with age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the most common cause of injury deaths, nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma in seniors. But slips and falls are not inevitable – most can be prevented.

Many falls occur in nursing homes and hospitals. In fact, slips and falls are the leading cause of injury in long-term care facilities. If your loved one is in an assisted living facility or nursing home, ask the management about its fall-prevention plan – it should have one. You can also evaluate the facility when you visit. Here are some things to look out for:

* Slippery floors. All floors should be level and offer noticeable traction, as canes and walkers require high slip-resistance. Make sure that there are no loose tiles or thick carpets that could cause seniors to trip. And ask how the floors are cleaned – soap scum can make floors even more slippery.

On the other hand, some manufacturers are producing floor cleaners that increase traction. For example, Traction-Pak from Pak-It ( is an anti-slip floor treatment that bonds with the floor to form an anti-slip surface, even while wet. This is important, as liquid spills cause many falls.

* Bright lighting. As seniors age, they need more light to see clearly. Frosted bulbs or lamp shades may help reduce glare. Surface-level changes and obstructions should be clearly marked, whether by color-contrast or light strips. Look for night-lights in residents’ rooms, as they improve visibility at night.

* Individual fall-prevention plans. Not all seniors share the same risk. For example, a senior who suffers from dizziness or who is visually impaired is more likely to fall than one who is not. Ask about the particular ways in which the staff will help your loved one avoid falls, such as arranging exercise to increase or retain mobility and training residents in fall prevention.

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Strange Fact: Cars Belong in the Garage

<b>Strange Fact: Cars Belong in the Garage</b>“></td>
<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Take a look around your garage, and you probably see snow shovels, bikes, baseball bats and a spare fridge — the only motor vehicle in sight is your lawn mower. The fact that garages are meant to house cars seems downright bizarre, like a factoid from a “strange news” column.

People have used garages for almost 100 years. In the beginning, garages were detached from houses and held nothing but cars. Today, most garages are attached to houses and contain enough space for two to four cars, at least theoretically. In reality, garages often store heaps of mismatched and disorganized clutter, which quickly invades every inch of space and leaves no room for parking vehicles.

But restoring your garage to its original purpose doesn’t have to be some Herculean task — free-standing or wall-mounted wire shelving should do the trick. With wire shelving your shelves won’t collect dust, dirt and grimes. Use pentagon-shaped wire shelves in corners to get the most out of every inch of space. Create more shelf space with shelving units that are seven to eight feet high. For seasonal storage, consider ceiling-mounted shelving solutions. Install casters on free-standing wire shelving units or raise wall-mounted shelving one foot above the floor. Mobile shelving units or wall-mounted units will make cleaning your garage floor easy. and its sister site,, have been making space work better since 1960. They help their customers make the best use of their space by utilizing the proper sized shelving unit for the allotted space.

When it comes to maximizing existing space, one size does not fit all. Shelves are available in seven depths and ten widths so you can use every cubic foot of your space. If you need assistance with designing an efficient storage system, contact the professionals. When you are done with your project, you will finally be able to park your car in your garage — where it belongs.

Winter Pledge: Clearing Garage Floors Gets Cars Indoors

<b>Winter Pledge: Clearing Garage Floors Gets Cars Indoors</b>“></td>
<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When a chill is in the air and clutter is in the garage, your car is often forced out in the cold.

“Like any other meaningful and valuable item in our life, cars need protection,” said Alan Taylor of Car & Driver Radio. “I’m often asked how people can make their cars last longer, and it’s not always just about the mechanics, it is also about protection and shelter. I tell them to get their car in their garage.”

Whether its colors are fading or it’s taking even longer to “warm” the car on those chilly winter mornings, Mother Nature’s elements take their toll on your car. As the mercury drops, now is the time to get the car back in the garage.

Rakes and shovels, gardening pots, tools, golf clubs, basketballs, footballs and other sporting equipment litter most garages, leaving little to no space to move within, let alone park a car.

“Getting the car in the garage starts with getting the garage in order,” says do-it-yourself expert Karl Champley. Champley points out that the first step to organizing the garage and getting the car back inside requires lifting the junk up off the floor and organizing it on the walls. The walls are storage space too often left unused. Plus, many people leave items on the floor, loosely stacked against the walls with no support, leaving the chance that if you bump them getting in or out of the car, they may fall onto the car and scratch it or cause other damage.

To clear the mess, get the car inside, and avoid damaging the car when it’s in its proper home — the garage — Champley suggests the following tips:

* From Garage Floor Sprawl to On the Wall. Clear every inch of floor space to make it clutter-free. Products are available from companies like Gladiator GarageWorks, which offers modular hooks, shelving and storage cabinets that allow you to organize what you have on the wall. You can even hang your bike, wheel barrow and ladders to clear additional floor space and prevent damage to the car when parked in the garage.

* Organize the Place with Tailored Space. Once you know what needs to go up on the wall, it’s time to create zones for your sports equipment, your workshop projects, your gardening center or other hobbies you’re passionate about. Items are not only off the floor but in a familiar place every time you need something.

* To Keep It Straight, You Must Create. As you accumulate more and more keepsakes or other materials that need a home in the garage, get creative. Use organization tools like Gladiator GarageWorks blueprint estimator ( which allows you to virtually organize your space online and then print out a plan to expand.