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  • Please review and print these handouts provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

    Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults

    Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults  

    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 preventing falls.  

    What You Can Do to Prevent Falls 

    What You Can Do to Prevent Falls  

    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 prevent falls.  

    Senior Couple  

    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 bathroom.


    • 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 prescriptions.

    • Review all medications regularly with a pharmacist or doctor.

    Exercise and activity:

    • 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.

    Home Environment:

    • Keep your hallways and stairwells free of clutter
    • BedroomDon't use throw rugs
    • Fasten carpets to the floor
    • Remove raised thresholds
    • Use only non-skid floor wax
    • Wipe up spills as they occur
    • Keep stairways well-lit
    • Install sturdy handrails in stairways
    • Install grab handles in the bathroom
    • Place non-skid mats in the bathroom
    • Use a shower chair or a bath bench
    • Install light switches by the bed and doors
    • Install as many nightlights as possible, especially in the bedroom, bathroom and halls
    • Get up slowly
    • Use the correct assistive device (walker, cane)
    • Use correct shoes (low heeled, non-slip soles)