Staying Safe in Your Home

Posted on Sun, December 04, 2016

Staying Safe in Your Home

Safety in your home is essential to your well-being.

Falls have serious consequences and are preventable. Falling is NOT a part of normal aging and small changes to your home environment can make a big difference in preventing falls. Here are some things to consider:


Home Safety Checklist





Kitchen

Store kitchen supplies and pots and pans in easy to reach locations.

□ Store heavy items in lower cupboards

□ Use a stable step-stool (with a safety rail) for reaching high places

□ Wipe up any spills immediately to prevent spilling

Bathroom

Use a rubber bath mat. Install it when the tub or shower is dry.

□ Do not use towel bars for support. Install and use grab bars.

□ Install a raised toilet seat and a bath seat when you need one.

□ Use night lights in bathrooms, bedrooms, and hallways

□ Consider keeping a commode chair in the bedroom if necessary

Bedroom

Ensure the path is clear between your bedroom and bathroom

□ Keep the nighttime temperature above 18°C (65°F). Lower

temperatures can reduce body temperature, causing dizziness.

□ Have a lamp or light switch that you can easily reach without getting out of bed.

□ Keep a flashlight handy.

Living Room

□ Leave lots of space to move safely around furniture

□ Ensure electrical cords and other obstacles are out of the way

□ Remove scatter rugs. Tack down edges of all carpets and

other floor coverings.

□ Remove all unnecessary clutter

□ Ensure furniture and lamps are steady and stable







Stairs

□ Have handrails on both sides of the stairs
□ Ensure stairs are well lit with light switches at the top and bottom

□ Don’t put items on stairs Walkways & Entryways

□ Have a small bench in you entryway to help you put on and remove footwear.

□ Keep front steps and walkway free of clutter

□ Paint the edges of outdoor steps and any steps that are narrow. Paint the edges of any steps that are higher or lower than the rest in contrasting colours.

□ Install and use handrails

□ Keep entrances well lit







Activities

□ Wear comfortable shoes with good support. Low heels and non-slip are best.

□ Use walking devices if you need them (ex. Cane).

□ Keep physically active. Regular exercise helps to improve your balance and increases strength & flexibility.

□ Have your vision and hearing checked regularly. Wear glasses and/or hearing aids if needed.□ Review medications with your doctor or pharmacist. Some medications, including some over-the-counter drugs, can make you drowsy, dizzy, or unsteady. Avoid mixing alcohol with medications.

□ If you feel dizzy or light-headed, sit down or stay seated until your head clears.

□ Stand up slowly to avoid unsteadiness.