Remember when your kids were toddlers and you had to baby-proof your home? I have to fall-proof my house for my daughter because she falls easily. The two processes are similar, but instead of getting down low to see what they can get into, you need to look up to see what might be dangerous to fall into, and any obstructions that could cause an accident.
We have hard floors throughout our home, which proves helpful when using walkers and wheelchairs but is dangerous for falls. So, in my daughter's room, I covered the entire floor with colored foam squares. These can be found at any super store or home improvement center. I found mine at a yard sale. This way, if she falls transferring from her wheelchair or during one of her tantrums where she head dives into the floor, her fall is padded. It also helps with therapy activities and makes working on the floor more comfortable.
There are many things you can do to fall-proof your home. Here are some of the most important ones I use in our house:
Fall-proofing your home is really just common sense. It takes some planning and extra time to set up, especially if there is any moving furniture involved. But creating a safe environment in your home that prevents accidents and injury is so worth it.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs to share their tips and stories about caring for their children during difficult times.