1 in 3 people over the age of 65 fall each year, but there are 7 simple steps that you can take to prevent falls in risk in your home.

1. Keep It Lit

  • Ensure well traveled areas, like entry ways and hallways, are well-lit
  • Position switches in accessible areas
  • Use motion, clap, or timed lights for evening hours

2. Remove Hazards

  • Secure loose rugs to the floor or remove them
  • Install ramps and grab bars where appropriate
  • Add non-skid strips
  • Wear slip-resistant shoes, slippers, or grip-socks
  • Minimize clutter

3. Renovate Restrooms

  • Add grab bars near the toilet and in the shower
  • Use non-slip mats and rugs in and outside of the tub
  • Install a zero-entry tub
  • Add a shower seat
  • Swap for a tall toilet seat

4. Schedule Check-ins

  • Add a regular time for a friend, family member, or caregiver to call, text, or visit
  • Keep a schedule of visitors throughout the week

5. Wrangle Rover

  • Keep pets in a designated area
  • Add a bell to the collar of pets so you know when they are moving around

6. Add Accessibility

  • Move items stored on high shelves to lower positions
  • Arrange regularly used belongings in a central area
  • Rearrange furniture to keep clear pathways

7. Add Technology

  • Wear an emergency button to connect you to help when you need it
  • Install smart home assistants
  • Use fall-detection to alert someone if you are unable

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