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 www.getprepared.gc.ca 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.