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Home Safety Checklist: Help Avoid Falls

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Outside:

  • Keep sidewalks and walkways free from clutter
  • Use dusk activated lighting for walkways, porch areas, steps and stairs
  • Repair any broken, loose or damaged steps or stairs
  • Do not store items on stairs or steps
  • Carpet should be securely attached to steps
  • Attach non- slip strips or tread to steps
  • Handrails should be securely attached and that the handrail should extend the length of the stairway
  • Add a swath of brightly colored paint to the top and bottom step to add a visual cue
  • Use a mat by the outside door to keep bottom of shoes dry and clean

 

Inside:

Inspect floors:

  • Clean up clutter
  • Maintain a clear path
  • Avoid throw rugs. If they are used, attach a non slip backing.
  • Wrap any exposed wires, cords or tubing and tape or secure them close to the wall away from walking areas

 

Kitchen:

  • Wipe or mop any spills up immediately. Cover with a towel or paper towel if you can’t wipe up right away
  • Keep frequently used items at waist level and within easy reach to avoid the need to bend over.
  • Keep kitchen floors swept
  • Use step stools with caution, and never use a chair as a step stool
  • Avoid using floor wax

 

Bathroom:

  • Use a night light
  • Use non-skid rubber mats or strips in the shower or bath
  • Install handrails in the tub or shower, and by the toilet
  • Install dispensers for soaps, shampoos in the tub/shower
  • Avoid using bars of soap in the tub/shower
  • Use a shower chair
  • Use a hand-held shower head
  • Wipe up wet areas right away
  • Add an elevated toilet seat to your standard toilet
  • Store frequently used items at waist level to avoid bending at waist

 

Bedroom/ Living Room

  • Use a night light
  • Use glow in the dark light switches
  • Keep a lamp or light source within reach
  • Use non skid rugs
  • Keep paths clear
  • If using oxygen, keep tubing close to the walls and out of walk areas.
  • Keep important items within easy reach- phone, remote, eyeglasses, tissues
  • Keep a flashlight easily accessible in case of power outages.
  • Place the bed closer to the bathroom. Place the bed up against a wall for extra security.
  • Place additional chairs in traffic areas to provide “resting spots”
  • Use a baby monitor or bell
  • Pad sharp edges on furniture
  • Make sure furniture cushions are firm, but not too low or deep

 

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