prevent falls at home

Your home can be more hazardous than you think. Because falls can happen anywhere and they pose a threat to your overall health and well-being, it’s important to lower your risk of falling by maintaining a safe living environment.

Ten ways to help prevent falls at home:

  • Always wear shoes with non-slip soles, even inside your home. Don’t walk barefoot or wear slippers or socks instead of shoes.
  • Use bright lights throughout your home, especially on the stairs.
  • Have railings put on both sides of all stairs on the inside and outside of your home.
  • Keep stairs and places where you walk clear of clutter. Pick up things you can trip over, like newspapers, shoes, or books.
  • Remove small rugs or use double-sided tape to keep rugs from slipping.
  • Keep kitchen items you use often in easy-to-reach cabinets.
  • Have grab bars put inside and outside your bathtub or shower and next to your toilet.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub or shower.
  • Stand up slowly after eating, lying down, or sitting.
  • Have a trained professional perform a comprehensive room-by-room Home Safety Assessment to identify safety and fall hazards and accessibility issues