Home is a place of refuge and comfort. However, a majority of falls occur within the home. You can view "Check for Safety" (English Version or Spanish Version) to access the CDC brochure that includes a Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults.
You can do something now:
Throw out throw rugs
- Rugs are more of a hazard than a help.
Check the edges of carpet
- Place double sided tape on the under surface of raised areas.
Clear a path
- Designate a path for walking and keep it free of any objects such as books, baskets or shoes.
- Get rid of clutter and unnecessary furniture but let someone know if you need help.
- Watch out for pets and pet toys.
Stay on the bright path
- Turn on lights before walking.
- Place additional lighting and/or nightlights in areas that are not well lit or that do not have easy access to a light switch.
Keep stairways safe
- Remove all objects.
- Make sure you have access to hand rails.
- Additional lighting near stairs may aid in proper foot placement.
Keep things at your level
- Store the items you use most often at waist level.
Install grab bars
In the bathroom area, near commode and shower/tub areas