Falling More? 15 Questions to Consider to Reduce Falls at Home

Many people with medical problems are at risk of falling or tripping. This can leave you with broken bones or more serious injuries. You can do many things to make your home safer for you to prevent falls.

Below are 15 questions you may want to consider to help keep your home safe for you.

Questions

  1. Am I taking any medicines that will make me sleepy, dizzy, or lightheaded? Ask your doctor.
  2. Are there exercises I can do to make me stronger or improve my balance to help prevent falls?
  3. Where in my home do I need to make sure there is enough light?
  4. How can I make my bathroom safer?
    • Do I need a shower chair?
    • Do I need a raised toilet seat?
    • Do I need help when I take a shower or bath?
  5. Do I need grab bars on the walls in the shower, by the toilet, or in the hallways?
  6. Sleeping Situation
    • Is my bed low enough?
    • Do I need a hospital bed?
    • Do I need a bed on the first floor so I do not need to climb stairs?
  7. How can I make the stairs at my house safer?
  8. Is it OK to have pets in the home?
  9. What are other things that I may trip over?
  10. What can I do about any uneven floors?
  11. Do I need help with cleaning, cooking, laundry, or other household chores?
  12. Should I use a cane or a walker?
  13. What should I do if I fall? How can I keep my phone near me?
  14. Should I purchase a medical alert system to call for help if I fall?
  15. Do I have too much clutter in my home making it a tripping hazard or hard to navigate?