Senior Wellness

Home Safety

Have you recently checked your home for safety? Having a fresh set of eyes on your home can help you identify hazards that may contribute to falls. Try using our checklist with a friend or family member to see what you can spot, or contact your local community LHIN for a professional assessment.

  • Contact the Erie St. Clair LHIN for an Occupational Therapy Home Safety Assessment - Call (519) 337-1000

  • If you are 50+ with a risk of falling and low-income, you may qualify for free grab bar installations in your home. Please contact the North Lambton Community Health Centre at (519) 786-4545 extension 265 for details

General Home Safety Tips: 

  • Bathroom

    • Install grab bars in your shower or tub for balance and support when getting in and out
    • Have a non-slip mat at the bottom of your tub or shower to reduce slippage
    • Use a shower chair if you feel unsteady or tired in the shower
    • A handheld shower head with a hose can help you clean off more easily and with less effort
    • Have someone in the home while you shower or wear a lifeline in case you fall so that you can get help immediately
    • Have a nightlight in the bathroom to help navigate yourself to the toilet at night
    • Install high toilet or handles on the toilet to help with getting off
    • Take out any mats on the floor that you could trip on
  • Bedroom

    • Make sure your pathway from the door to your side of the bed is clear of clutter (this includes dressers, mats, and other items!)
    • Use a nightlight or flashlight to you find your way to the bathroom at nighttime
    • Install a bed rail if you find it difficult to get out of bed or are pulling on the edge of your sheets for support
  • Living Room

    • Make sure you can easily get in and out of your main chair! Some common issues seniors face are low chairs or couches, mats around the main pathways, and a lack of space between the table and the couch to sit down safely.
    • Clear your furniture and make easy pathways to navigate around your home. If you’re constantly bumping into a piece of furniture or squeezing around, it probably shouldn’t be there!
  • Kitchen

    • Keep all frequently used items and appliances within easy reach (between your shoulders and waist height).
    • Avoid bending and reaching as much as possible to prevent dizzy spells and loss of balance.
    • Use a long-handled reacher and other kitchen tools to help you prepare meals easily and safely.
  • Staircases

    • Have at least one railing for all stairs, but having two for each staircase is ideal.
    • Consider installing a grab bar for small steps or staircases with only one or two steps if a railing is not possible.
  • Basement

    • Keep a pair of good slip-on shoes to wear if you find the floors are cold on your feet.
    • Avoid decorating your basement with mats as they are easy to trip on.
    • Make sure there is enough lighting to see into all corners of your basement.
    • De-clutter the rooms so that you can walk through easily and not bump into any furniture or trip on anything on the ground.

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