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Staying safe at home

Safety is a shared responsibility. Here are some tips for staying well, avoiding falls, and creating a safe environment

  • Stay active. Exercise will help you maintain your flexibility and balance.
  • Eat healthy. Good nutrition will help you keep up your strength, resistance and sense of balance.
  • Get the flu shot.
  • Read our Handwashing Tips and practice good handwashing hygiene.
  • Use walking aids and other safety devices if they have been recommended for you. Wear your glasses and hearing aids. A back brush is a simple aid to help with bathing.
  • Install proper lighting throughout your home, with special attention to stairs and bathrooms. Use nightlights in the hallways.
  • Keep your floor and stairs free of clutter. Avoid the use of scatter rugs.
  • Be sure to have at least one handrail (preferably two) on all stairways and steps in your home. Ensure handrails are securely attached and in good repair.
  • Install grab bars by the toilet and in the bathtub or shower. Use a rubber mat in your tub, and a non-skid bath mat beside the tub.
  • Be sure you have working smoke alarms, a carbon monoxide detector, and a fire extinguisher you know how to use.
  • Be sure you have a 72-hour emergency plan in place. There’s information at to help you develop a plan.
  • Keep a list of all medications you take, with dosage and timing, close at hand. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about your medications.
  • Don’t rush. Hurrying increases the risk of falls.
  • Arrange to have leaves, snow and ice removed from sidewalks and outdoor steps.
  • Be sure that pets are not underfoot when you’re moving around the house.​​