A Home Safety Checklist

Stay Active, Stay Independent and Stay On Your Feet! (PDF, 5 MB)

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Using Your Home Safety Checklist

Using this checklist, take your time and go through each room. Don’t forget the basement, garage, porch and walkways too.

Think about having a family member or friend help you. Together you can spot the risks, make simple improvements and list changes needed to keep you and your family safe from falls.

It’s time to take control of your independence!

Healthy aging

There are many factors which contribute to healthy aging. We may have little control over factors such as our genetic make-up, but there are many things we can do to maintain vital, active lives. As we get older, our bodies change and we can become more prone to falls. Certain risks can be eliminated and others considerably reduced by simple prevention measures.

This guide will help you recognize safety risks and help you make simple changes to reduce the chances of getting hurt in and around your home.

Changes with aging

Aging affects everyone differently. Some experience physical limitations that seriously affect their level of activity, while others are able to remain quite active. The following describes some of the changes associated with aging. If you are experiencing problems associated with these changes, consult your health care provider.

Vision

Touch

Smell

Hearing

Balance and gait

Outside your home

Garage

Remember:

Your entrance

Remember:

Your Stairs

Remember:

Your floors

Remember:

Your living space

Remember:

Your kitchen

Remember:

Your bathroom

Remember:

Your bedroom

Remember:

Your basement

Remember

Your medicine cabinet

Remember

Healthy active living

Strength and balance activities are recommended two to four days a week. Below are some examples of activities you can do.

Endurance activities are recommended four to seven days a week. Below are some examples of activities you can do:

Flexibility activities are recommended every day. Below are some examples of activities you can do:

Remember:

If you are unsure of your health status, check with your health care provider.

Strength and balance activities help you to:

When you maintain your strength and balance through regular activities, you:

Endurance activities help you to:

Flexibility activities help you to:

What to do if you fall

Try not to panic and rest for a moment.

If you can get up

      1. Roll onto your side. Push up into a sitting position.Person sitting on the floor.
      2. Turn onto your hands and knees. Crawl to the nearest piece of stable furniture (e.g. bed, chair, stool, toilet).Person on hands and knees
      3. Place your hands on the seat.
        Person with knees on the floor holding a chair
      4. Place one foot flat on the floor.Person with one foot flat on the floor and holding onto a chair.
      5. Lean forward and push up with your other foot.Person standing up holding onto a chair
      6. Sit, rest, then tell someone you have fallen.
Person sitting in a chair

If you are injured

        • Do not try to get up
        • Get help: Drag yourself to a phone. Call 911 and stay on the line.
        • Keep warm: Use anything that is near: bedding, a coat, even a tablecloth.
        • If you are wet: If your bladder “lets go” in the fall, move away from the damp area to keep warm.
        • Move your limbs: Gently moving your arms and legs will help your circulation and reduce pressure areas.

Be prepared

      • practice getting up before a fall occurs
      • activate your personal alarm call system if you fall
      • have your phone at table level for easier access
      • find a daily telephone buddy

This item was last modified on July 5, 2017