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
□ 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
□ 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
□ 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.
□ 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
□ 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
□ 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
□ 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.