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