Here are some simple tips to help reduce the risks of falls in the home.
There are things you can do to minimise the risk of a fall occurring in the home, from simple things like mopping spillages to making sure bulbs are high-wattage.
- Make sure any rugs and mats are attached to the floor and are non-slip
- Arrange cupboards and shelves so important things are within easy reach
- Fasten any unavoidably trailing wires to the floor, such as with duct tape
- Make sure that any spillages, particularly liquid spillages, are cleaned up as soon as possible
- Fasten trailing wires to the floor, such as with duct tape
- Be aware of the obstacles that unnecessary clutter can cause
- Check your carpets for tripping hazards such as fraying or ruffles
- Keep working torches on hand in case of power outages
- Use high-wattage light bulbs and make sure there are replacements available
- Encourage your relative to take care of their feet, for example by trimming their toenails regularly and wearing well-fitting shoes. Make sure that slippers around the home are supportive. It's best not to wear ones that you slip your feet into; instead there is a good range of 'bootee'-type slippers that have zip or Velcro fastenings and non-slip soles.
- Housing options: practical advice about using the stairs, bathroom and other parts of the house more safely.
- Financing home alterations: information about your options if you are concerned about how to fund home adaptations.
- Care services directory: details about care and support services in your area.
Page last reviewed: January 2016
Next review due: January 2018