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Falls Across the Lifespan - Older Adults

Home Safety

There are many things you can do, inside and outside of your home, to keep your home safe and to reduce the risk of a fall.

Indoor:

  • Keep items you use often within reach
  • Always use the handrail on steps and stairs
  • Remove or secure loose carpets, cords, and clutter
  • Watch out for pets underfoot
  • Wear footwear that fit properly and have a closed back
  • If possible, install grab bars around the toilet and tub; use a non-slip bath mat in the tub/shower
  • Use assistive devices as instructed e.g. cane, walker
  • Make sure your home has proper lighting.  Use nightlights in the hallways and bathrooms

Outdoor:

  • Remove snow and leaves from your  walkway
  • At night, turn on your outdoor house lights before leaving the house
  • Be mindful of changes in elevation  such as sidewalks, curbs, or steps which are a risk for tripping and falling
  • Always use the handrail on steps and stairs
  • Wear footwear that fit properly and have a closed back

The Safe Living Guide - A Guide to Home Safety for Older Adults

Medication Safety

woman taking medication

Did you know? About half of prescribed medications are not taken properly.

It is important to know the medications you are taking and their side effects. Medications that make you drowsy or affect your balance could increase your risk for a fall. Speak with your healthcare provider about your medications and any limits on your activities.


Use this checklist to help you keep safe and stay well with your medications.

When you are prescribed a new medication, get all the information on how to
        use it, including any side effects

Take your medication exactly as prescribed

Be sure you know what to do if you forget to take a medication or forget to take it on time

Have an up-to-date list of the medications you are currently taking including vitamins,
        herbal supplements, prescription creams and ointments,and puffers

Give an up-to-date medication list to all of your healthcare providers including your
        Doctor, Pharmacist and caregiver(s)

If you have medication allergies, wear a bracelet or necklace to show this

Talk to your health care professional about any side affects you have experienced with
        your medication

Use only one pharmacy for all your prescription needs

Go through your medications and remove any that are not being used or have expired

If you have any questions about your medications, don’t wait, speak with your healthcare provider today.

(adapted from PHAC medication safety)