Preventing trips and falls - avoiding hazards in the home
There are ways to prevent trips and falls in the home including:
- ensure you have good lighting, particularly on the stairs and use high-wattage light bulbs
- make trailing cables safe using cable ties
- make sure mats and rugs are non-slip - remove or repair frayed carpet
- don't walk on slippery floors in socks or tights
- wear well-fitting shoes or slippers
- clear away clutter especially on stairs and by doorways
- organise your home so that climbing, stretching and bending are kept to a minimum, and to avoid bumping into things
- get help to do things that you're unable to do safely on your own
- mop up spillages immediately
- buy your pet a bright collar and bell - then you will know if they are around your legs/feet
- always use a non-slip mat in the bath or shower
- fit grab rails in the bathroom
- sit in a chair of the right height to prevent falls when rising
Technology might be an ideal solution for you if you're worried about having an accident and not being able to call for help.
Our occupational therapists can carry out an assessment. This will identify the likely risks of falling, how to reduce this, and equipment that can help.
The Dorset Accessible Homes Service can give advice and support as well as providing practical help with home adaptations. This service is available if you live in Dorset (outside of Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole) and are disabled, or over 50.
We have advice on financial care planning.
Our top ten things to think about will help you to plan your future care, even if you don't need support at the moment.