A Quick Guide On Preventing Falls

There are a number of things you can do at home to prevent falls.

  • Clear walkways of any objects that might cause tripping.
  • Remove throw rugs.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and/or shower.
  • Choose footwear with light, non-slip soles.
  • Keep often-used items on shelves that can be easily reached.
  • Use assistive equipment such as a cane or walker to maximize independence and prevent injury.
  • Make sure rooms are well lit.
  • Use a chair with firm support and arm rests to help move from sitting to standing.
  • Consider installing grab bars in the bath and near the toilet.
  • Add an elevated toilet seat to your standard toilet.
  • Keep a phone close by – portable phones can be clipped to a waistband or carried in a bag on a walker.
  • Consider a personal alarm that will notify an emergency contact when the button is pressed.
  • Talk with your care team about assistive equipment that promotes safety and independence.

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