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.
If you are 50+ with a risk of falling, you may qualify for home safety assessment and grab bar installations in your home. Please contact the North Lambton Community Health Centre at (519) 786-4545 extension 265 for details
If you know someone who could benefit from additional services while remaining safely at home, contact the Care Pathway at 519-336-3000 or 1-888-347-8737 and speak to a Tel-check representative. For more information about the available local services within Sarnia-Lambton or up to date programming and resources be sure to check out agefriendlysarnialambton.ca
General Home Safety Tips:
- 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
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.