Falls and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

23. Can better lighting help prevent falls?

Good lighting can help prevent falls. Make sure you have adequate lighting in each room, at entrances to your home, and on stairways in your home. Light switches at both the top and bottom of stairs can help. Throughout your home, use light bulbs that have the highest wattage recommended for the fixture.

Place night lights in the bathroom, hallways, and other areas to guide you when you get up at night. You might also put a lamp within reach of your bed. Keeping a flashlight near your bed can help if the power is out and you need to get up.