Fall Prevention Checklist
A Fall Prevention Checklist for the Patient and Family
Preventing falls is the number one challenge facing the caregiver of the aging patient. As we age, the reasons for fall increase exponentially. Caregivers are the first to identify the signs and increased risk of falls. Take this quick, Fall Prevention Quiz:
- Does your loved one have a reduced ability to stand up straight?
- Does the elderly patient suffer from poor sight?
- Is there a decreased knowledge of where their legs are in relation to the ground?
- Does the patient suffer from weak bones and muscles?
- Have there been any age-related heart changes?
- Are brain diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and memory loss a factor?
10 Tips to Make Your Home Safer
About half of all falls happen at home. To make your home safer:
- Remove things you can trip over (like papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
- Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
- Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
- Have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.
- Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
- Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well.
- Hang lightweight curtains or shades to reduce glare.
- Have handrails and lights put in on all staircases.
- Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.