Fall Prevention for Seniors
Alert1 recommends you to inspect your home for hazards that could cause
a fall. In order to prevent unwanted trips and falls, Alert1 has compiled a
list of tips for multiple areas around the house. Safety tips for areas such as
the kitchen, living area, hallway and stairs, exterior, personal safety, pets,
bedroom, and bathroom. You can select an area you would like to focus on and
start converting your home to a senior safety zone. Don’t worry you can always
come back for more tips!
Kitchen Safety Tips
Mats and Throw Rugs
Alert1 does not recommend the use of these items in your
kitchen. Floor mats and throw rugs can cause trips and falls especially when
they are not flat. If you have floor mats and throw rugs lying around in your
kitchen, here’s what you can do.
- Remove them completely.
- Secure them with double-sided tape.
- Place a rug gripper between the rug and floor.
- Replace them with rubber backed rugs.
We recommend storing all items you use on a daily basis at
waist level. This way you will not have to bend or reach for something and be
in risk of falling. If you ever need to reach for something, be sure to use a
Always keep your
floors dry. If there is a spill, have someone clean it up as soon as possible.
If there is no one around, be sure to carefully dry the floor.
Living Area Safety Tips
If there are any damaged carpets or rugs, you should
remove them right away. This will help reduce the risk of falling by securing
an even surface.
Mats and Throw Rugs
If you don’t want to get rid of your fancy mats and rugs,
you can install a rug gripper between the rug and the floor. This will secure
the rug to the floor and make sure it does not move around to cause you any
Make sure the chairs and couches in your living area are
easy to sit on and get up from. Also, avoid the use of chairs with wheels on
them. These types of chairs can be dangerous because they move around and do
not have a steady grip.
Always keep the phone close. This way if you receive a
phone call, you can easily access it.
Make sure all of your TV, phone, and other cords are placed
against the wall and not lying around the floor. These can be dangerous and
easy to trip and fall if they are not in the correct spot.
unnecessary items from the floor. Objects such as the remote control, clothes,
books, etc., can be dangerous if left on the floor. Always keep a clear walking
path to ensure your safety.
Hallway and Stairs Safety Tips
Install a light fixture and keep your stairwells bright. We
also recommend installing the switches at the top and bottom of the stairs so
you can easily access the switches.
If you don’t have some already, install sturdy handrails
on both sides of the stairs. Make sure they are secure.
Remove any items stored on the stairs or along the
hallways. If you are in need of more storage for these items, install extra
drawers or cabinets in a different area of the house.
If your stairs are
slippery, install non-skid treads or paint the steps with a product that
contains grit or sand.
Exterior Safety Tips
If your steps are in poor condition, be sure to repair
the damaged steps.
Make sure you have handrails on both sides of the stairs
and that they are tightly mounted.
lights to keep your walkways bright. Try motion sensor lights that turn on and
off automatically. This way it will always be bright when you walk through the
walkway. Also, repair and even out walkways in order to prevent a fall. Don’t
forget to clear your walkways from clutter such as hoses and weeds.
Personal Safety Tips
Wear shoes that fit well and have a low heel. Avoid
walking in socks only or in footwear without rubber soles.
Hem your clothes short enough to prevent you from
Shorten your cords and ties on your clothing to prevent you
and Uneven Surfaces
If you have steps or uneven surfaces, make sure all of
them are well lit. Mark the edges of steps with a contrasting color to make
them more visible.
In case of an
emergency, you want to make sure all telephones (preferably a cordless phone)
are accessible from the floor. Consider installing an Alert1 Personal Medical
Pet Safety Tips
When you are walking around the house, make sure to be on
the lookout for your pets. It is likely for pets to run in front of people and
cause them to trip and fall.
In order to avoid wet
floors, place a towel or rug under the water dish. Slippery floors are very
Bedroom Safety Tips
If the light is difficult to reach from the bed, move the
lamp closer to the bed. You can do this by attaching the light to the
headboard. You can also install a sound-activated light switch. This way all
you have to do is clap and you will able to turn the lights on and off without
having to get up.
In order to make the phone easier to reach from the bed,
use a longer phone cord or use a cordless phone.
Store your eyeglasses within easy reach from the bed. You
can even buy an extra pair of eyeglasses and keep one set at reach from the
Since cords are easy to trip over, reroute cords so that
they are close to the wall. If it is necessary, install additional outlets or a
Clothes, shoes, newspapers, and books are easy to trip
over. Remove clutter from walkways to reduce the chance of tripping. It if it
is necessary, install extra shelves, cabinets, or drawers for storage.
If you are used to getting up many times during the night
to use the bathroom, place a portable commode or urinal near the bed. This will
help you eliminate multiple trips to the bathroom.
Sheets & Blankets
If your sheets,
blankets or dust ruffles are dragging on the floor, remove the dust ruffle and
purchase the right size sheets and blankets. This way your sheets and blankets
won’t drag onto the floor and cause you to accidently trip over them.
Bathroom Safety Tips
Install nightlights to light up the walkway to the
bathroom. Walking in the dark can be very dangerous, so avoid walking in areas
that are dark.
Towel racks are often used to balance and grab onto while
you get in or out of the bathtub/shower. Towel racks, however, are not strong
enough to support a person’s weight. What you should do is install grab bars
where you think is appropriate. You can also install special towel racks that
are specifically meant to double as a grab bar.
If it is too difficult to stand in the shower, install a
shower seat to sit on while you bathe. This will make your shower more relaxing
since you will have a place to sit.
Install a shower seat or a hand held shower. This will
make it easier to access the water faucet.
To avoid a slippery bathtub, install non-skid strips or
use a non-skid mat. Avoid using slippery bath oil when bathing.
After a bath or shower, make sure to wipe up any left
over water right away. It can be dangerous if the water is left there. A small
puddle of water can cause unwanted accidents.
If your bathtub or shower is leaking, patch leaks with
caulk or any other appropriate materials. Leaks can turn into small puddles and
puddles can cause slips and falls.
Install a storage unit to make towels, shampoo, and soap
easier to reach. You can install it over the shower head or in the corner of
the bathtub. Storage units can also be attached to the side of the bathtub or
to the shower wall.
Install a raised
toilet seat, grab bars, or safety frames to make it easier to get on and off
the toilet. This will make it more comfortable too!
Senior Safe Home
By following these safety tips, your home will be the safest one on the
block. You will also have reduced the risk of falls. But don’t stop there; keep
your loved ones safe by sharing these awesome tips with them! Keep your golden
years safe. These safety tips are a start.