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Prevent Falls at Home

As you age, falls often occur in your home because of hazards that are easily overlooked but important to fix.

Create a Trip-free Home

  • Keep floors and pathways clear of furniture, cords and clutter.
  • Use non-slip mats or rugs.
  • Keep a cordless phone or cellular phone nearby, so you don’t have to rush to answer a call.
  • Watch out for items that could cause you to trip, such as toys, laundry and even your pets!
  • Be cautious when moving between different flooring surfaces in your home.

Bathroom Safety

  • Install safety grab bars by your shower, tub and toilet.
  • Have your toilet paper roll within reach.
  • Use non-slip mats inside and outside the bathtub and shower.
  • Keep floors dry.
  • Keep a nightlight on in the bathroom.

Steady On the Stairs

  • Use handrails when walking up and down stairs.
  • Mark the edge of stairs with coloured paint or tread.
  • Keep stairs well lit and install light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs.
  • Keep stairs free of clutter.
  • If possible, install handrails on both sides of the stairs.

Light Your Way

  • Give your eyes time to adjust to changes in light.
  • Keep all areas well-lit.
  • Use nightlights and motion sensors in halls and bathrooms.
  • Ensure you have a light by your bed.
  • Replace burnt out lightbulbs.

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