Holiday safety tips for hosting older guests

Slips and falls remain top cause of injuries

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'Tis the season for all kinds of company. If you are among the 76 million baby boomers in the United States who soon will be expecting that special visitor in the big red suit, it might be wise to take the time not only to "kid proof" but also to "parent proof" your home for the holidays. Hosting parents or older guests, especially those scheduled to stay overnight for the first time, requires particular preparation. Homey seasonal touches can make friends and family feel welcome, yet safety is often an underestimated issue. The Home Safety Council, a North Wilkesboro, N.C.-based organization focused on home safety and education, recommends injury-proofing your home to reduce slips, falls and other common holiday-related injuries that occur to seniors.  "Slips and falls remain the number one cause of unintentional injury and deaths in the home for Americans age 65 and older," said David Oliver, former president and executive director of the Home Safety Council. "Let's face it ....