Last Updated on August 20, 2015
Most falls are predictable and are preventable with a complete fall prevention checklist.
A problem for many is the number of falls that occur in and around one’s home, which could lead to a fear of injury and a loss of one’s sense of independence.
Having a fall prevention checklist on hand can help restore that feeling of independence by giving you the confidence you need to know you can move around your home safely.
A complete fall prevention checklist considers the potential hazards in each room of your home that can affect your risk of falling.
Each fall prevention checklist will be different because every home is different. It helps to have a friend or family member go over the list with you to make sure no fall risks in your home were overlooked.
In this post I’ll give you an example of what should be looked at in a fall prevention checklist, which you can then customize according to what’s relevant to your home.
Fall Prevention Checklist Guidelines
Preventing Falls on the Stairs
- Keep your stairs in good shape with regular maintenance.
- Equip your stairs with a secured, non-slip surface with clearly defined edges.
- Make sure there are handrails on both sides of the stairs that extend to the top and bottom.
- Ensure there are light switches at the top and bottom of each flight of stairs.
When using the stairs be careful to avoid carrying large or heavy items. Always keep one hand free to grasp the handrail, and ensure stairs are always well-lit — install a night light if necessary.
Preventing Falls on the Floor
- Fasten all area rugs and runners to the floor.
- Maintain the condition of your floor and ensure all vents are secure.
- Ensure floor surfaces are non-slip, especially in areas where the floors may be wet such as bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, front entrance, and so on.
- Use non-skid wax and floor cleaners.
Be careful when waxing floors, as this can lead to a slippery surface that can increase the risk of falls. Do your best to keep floors dry, especially those that will likely be exposed to water. Rugs are always a hazard — ensure they are attached to the floor with double-sided carpet tape.
Preventing Falls in the Kitchen
- Make sure all frequently used items are within reach.
- Have a step stool with a safety rail on hand for reaching items in high places.
- Store heavy items in lower cupboards and lighter items in the higher cupboards.
- Ensure electrical outlets are easy to reach.
Preventing Falls in the Bedroom & Bathroom
- Ensure bathtubs and showers are fitted with either a non-slip mat or non-slip surface.
- Make sure there’s adequate lighting, especially a night light.
- Install a grab bar with textured hand surface in your bathtubs and showers.
- Maintain a clear path from the bathroom to the bedroom.
- Have telephones and light switches located close to the bed.
Fall Prevention Checklist: Conclusion
That’s an example of a fall prevention checklist you can create for your home. Remember, falls are preventable, so take proper precaution.
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Lifts for stairs should be included on any fall prevention checklist, as they’re the surest way to prevent falls when going up and down stairs. Regain the freedom to move around your home without a fear of falls or injuries.