Furniture Hoppers

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. April 23, 2016

Furniture Hoppers

Furniture hoppers shuffle from couch to chair to table looking for support from an object as they move around the home. It is unsafe because furniture can tip or slide (and so can you).

If you or loved one has to shuffle or hop, here are some suggestions for improving mobility and increasing safety.

  1. Clear the decks-Get rid of the throw rugs (we write a complete blog on this later) or at least be sure they are not loose. Fasten the rugs with tape, or non-slip under rug mats. (Just throw those loose rugs away!!) Move anything else out of the way of walking paths – but do this with consent of everyone in the house.
  2. Exercise more- Get limber. Do Tai Chi. Go for walks. Consult your doctor before starting an exercise program. Read the book “Sitting Kills. Moving Heals.” for inspiration.
  3. See your doctor- If your mobility challenges are recent and acute then talk to your doctor.  
  4. Secure your furniture- If you like being a furniture hopper, at least make sure the furniture is secure and will not slip when you lean on it.

And of course installing grab bars – in and around bathtubs and showers, near toilets, and even in hallways and other rooms. We offer a variety of grab bar options for every room on Safety In Place.

If you find that your condition is chronic and your mobility is seriously impeded, you may want to consider a walking aid or a rising-assist device. Be careful here! First, learn how to use the aid or device. Many accidents occur because someone gets a cane, a walker or a wheelchair and fails to read the instructions or fails to get properly fitted or trained. Select the proper kind and size of mobility aid by consulting with your doctor or an occupational therapist.

If you are considering a mobility aid, the Mayo Clinic website offers some general information.

Tips for choosing and using canes 

Tips for choosing and using walkers

The Mayo Clinic also offers some balancing exercises – with the warning of course to consult your doctor first before engaging in new physical activities. 

 *Note: Fall prevention efforts can reduce the risk of falling. Caregivers and older homeowners can become knowledgeable about what needs to be done to make homes as fall-proof as possible. Check here often and search for product ideas that can make you safer in your home!

Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.


Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.