For your well being

Prevent falling at home

As we grow older, our risk of falling increases and so does the risk of serious injury from a fall. Most trips, slips and falls happen in and around the home. Here are some simple things you can do to make sure your home doesn’t trip you up.

The Bathroom

  • Use a non-slip mat inside and outside the tub or shower.
  •   Install grab bars by the toilet and in the tub and shower area.
  •   Purchase a non-slip bath and shower bench to get in and out safely.
  •   Install a raised toilet seat to make getting on and off easier.

The Kitchen

  • Replace loose scatter mats with rugs that have rubber backing.
  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Keep everyday items on shelves within easy reach.
  • Make sure no extension cords cross your path.
  • Never climb on a chair or stool to reach for something. Always ask for assistance.
  • Use non-slip floor wax.
  • Add gliders to your chairs to make moving them easier when you sit down or get up from the table.


  • Keep stairways clear of clutter that can cause you to trip.
  • Ensure there are handrails on both sides of the staircase.
  • Repair loose railings.
  • Install non-slip strips on the edge of each step.
  • Secure loose or wrinkled carpet.
  • Ensure good lighting in stairwells.
  • Make sure you can see where you are going if you are carrying something up or down the stairs.

The Rest of the House

  • Have a clear path from the bedroom to the bathroom. Place night lights along the way to guide you.
  • Make sure tables and lamps are stable.
  • Always sit down when putting on or taking off shoes and clothing.
  • Don’t rush to answer the phone. Consider a cordless phone.


  • Keep a covered bucket of sand or salt near the doorway in winter to safely handle slippery conditions.
  • Make sure outdoor railings and stairs are sturdy and secure. Install railings on both sides of outdoor stairways if needed.
  • Keep steps and pathways clear of clutter such as yard tools, snow shovels, newspapers and wet leaves.
  • Don’t juggle parcels while trying to enter the house. Never carry more than is reasonable. Instead, make a few trips from the car with smaller packages. 

Source : Canadian Chiropractic Association