Please review and print these
handouts provided by the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention
Checklist for Older Adults (PDF, cdc.gov)
The checklist identifies hazards
found in each room of your home. For
each hazard, the checklist tells you how
to fix the problem. At the end of the
checklist, you’ll find other tips for
You Can Do to Prevent Falls (PDF, cdc.gov)
Many falls can be prevented. By
making some changes, you can lower your
chances of falling. This brochure
contains four things you can do to
A fall at home can be a disastrous event. More than 1 million people
visit emergency departments every year for injuries related to falls. As
people age, falls become more common and more dangerous.
Here are tips to prevent falls at home:
Keep eyeglasses by the bed so they are handy.
Have vision checked by an eye doctor regularly.
Keep eyeglass prescriptions up to date.
Put automatic nightlights in areas that are most likely
to be used at night, especially the bedroom and
Remember that certain medications affect balance and can
make a person more prone to falling. Some combinations
of medicines can significantly increase this risk.
Coordinate medications to avoid errors; use the same
pharmacy and primary care physician for all
Review all medications regularly with a pharmacist or
Exercise regularly to
maintain strength and flexibility. This will
have a significant impact on the risk of falling.
Find activities that are enjoyable or join an activity
group to keep motivated.