Fall Prevention Checklist
Falls are a major concern for seniors, their families and caregivers, and with good reason: They are the leading cause of injury death among adults aged 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four older adults fall each year, and one in five of those falls results in a serious injury, such as head trauma or broken bones.
The good news? Falls can be prevented. Taking stock of your loved one’s health and home—no matter where they live—can help avoid a potentially life-altering fall.
___ Have eyes checked annually to keep prescription up to date.
___ Have vitamin D levels checked, as deficiency is a risk factor for falls.
___ Get up slowly when sitting or lying down.
___ Review all medicines with a doctor or pharmacist to identify those that can cause dizziness or drowsiness.
___ Be honest with the doctor about any past falls and discuss further measures to lower fall risk.
___ Exercise to improve balance and leg strength.
___ Complete a free online checkup for fall prevention from the National Council on Aging here.
___ Remove throw rugs or secure them with non-slip backing.
___ Make sure carpet is firmly attached throughout the home.
___ Clear walkways around the home of furniture and any clutter such as paper, books or clothing.
___ Dry any wet spots on the floor immediately.
___ Stow electrical cords or wires close to the wall.
___ Keep stairs completely clear of objects.
___ Install adequate lighting throughout the home, including switches at both ends of hallways and stairwells.
___ Place a lamp close to the bedside within easy reach.
___ Check and/or install secure handrails on both sides of stairwells, inside and outside the bathtub or shower, and next to the toilet.
___ Place a non-slip mat or strips on shower and bathtub floors.
___ Install nightlights in bathrooms.
___ Keep all frequently used kitchen items at waist level.
___ Use a grabbing tool to reach items that are too high.
___ Ensure entryway stairs are well lit, in good repair and have a secure handrail.
___ Wear non-slip shoes inside and outside the home.
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