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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.

Living Alone

  • 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.

 

 

 

Additional Resources:

North Simcoe Muskoka Integrated Regional Falls Program
Toll Free: 1-877-665-6065

Simcoe Muskoka Integrated Fall Strategy
Web:  www.fallspreventioninfo.ca

Public Health Agency of Canada: Keeping Your Home Safe
Website

Public Health Agency of Canada: You CAN Prevent Falls!
Website

nsmhealthline.ca
Phone: 310-2222 (no area code required)
Web: www.nsmhealthline.ca