Falls can happen in an instant and the results can be devastating. Bumps and bruises may heal but a fractured bone could mean surgery, a long hospital stay and could reduce your ability to care for yourself or enjoy your favourite activities. Please consider these safety tips:
In the Kitchen
- Remove throw rugs and cords from the floor.
- Repair damaged flooring.
- Keep commonly used items within reach on counter tops or shelves.
- Avoid using step stools and chairs to reach high cupboards.
- Make sure tables and chairs are in good condition.
In the Hallway and on Stairs
- Clear all pathways of clutter and furniture.
- Make sure the lighting is adequate at all times. Consider using night lights around your home.
- Consider installing light switches at the ends of hallways or at the top and bottom of stairwells.
In the Bedroom
- Keep clothing within reach on shelves and in drawers at waist height.
- Add lamps or night lights so lighting is adequate at all times.
- Keep clutter off the floors.
In the Bathroom
Take extra caution in the bathroom as it is the most dangerous room in the house due to slippery floors.
- Remove throw rugs.
- Use a bath mat with nonskid backing and remove it from the floor when not in use.
- In the tub/shower, use a nonskid rubber mat and ensure it is secure before stepping on it.
- Consider installing grab bars in tub/shower.
- If you are using bath equipment (i.e., a bath bench), ensure it is in good condition and has been installed properly.
- Make sure your toilet is secure and in good repair.
- Use a night light in halls and bathrooms.
- Do not lock the bathroom door.
Pets in the House
- Be mindful of where your pets are in the house. Being tripped or pulled over by pets is a common cause of falls. Consider employing a dog walker if you are unsteady on your feet outside.
- Have a friend phone to touch base with you every day.
- Use a portable phone. If you have a visual impairment, use a phone with large buttons.
North Simcoe Muskoka Integrated Regional Falls Program
Toll Free: 1-877-665-6065
Simcoe Muskoka Integrated Fall Strategy
Public Health Agency of Canada: Keeping Your Home Safe
Public Health Agency of Canada: You CAN Prevent Falls!
Phone: 310-2222 (no area code required)