Falls and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

22. What can I do to prevent falls at home?

One simple way to prevent falls at home is to remove objects from stairs, hallways, and other places where you walk. Tripping on clutter, shoes, small furniture, pet bowls, electrical or phone cords, or other things can cause a fall. Be sure to arrange furniture so you have plenty of room to walk freely, too.

Have handrails installed on both sides of stairs and walkways. If you must carry something while walking up or down stairs, hold the item in one hand and use the handrail with the other. When you are carrying something, be sure you can see where your feet are stepping.

Secure carpets to the floor and stairs. Remove throw rugs, use non-slip rugs, or attach rugs to the floor with double-sided tape. Put non-slip strips on floors and steps. Put non-slip strips or a rubber mat on the floor of your bathtub or shower.

Have grab bars installed in the tub and shower and next to the toilet. Be sure the handrails and grab bars are firmly attached to the wall.

Re-arranging items in your home can also help prevent falls. Place often-used items within easy reach so you don't need to stand on a stool to get them.