Room-by-Room Guide to Fall Prevention

Health & Well Being

Most bone-breaking falls happen at home. Here are some changes you may be able to make to reduce your risk of a fall:

In the kitchen

Remove any loose throw rugs. Store dishes and food within easy reach so that you don’t have to bend down or stand on a stepstool to reach them.

In the living room

Remove any clutter from the floor that could trip you. Keep power or phone cords out of the way by running them alongside walls (not under rugs). Arrange furniture so that it’s easier to walk around without bumping into sofas or coffee tables.

In the bathroom

Have grab bars installed in your shower and by your toilet. Use a nonskid shower strip in your tub. Use a shower seat if you don’t have good balance.

Around the stairs

Make sure there is good lighting at the top and bottom of stairs. Replace or upgrade any bad or dim bulbs. Install handrails to steady yourself.

In the bedroom

Pick up any floor clutter, make sure your bed is easy to get in and out of, and keep a light by your bed. Should you wake up in the middle of the night, you’ll be able to see clearly.

Better balance, fewer falls?

Doing balance exercises is a good way to help stay steady on your feet. Find out how.