Simple and inexpensive changes you can make to your home to prevent falls.
How can I make my home safer?
The home is the most common place for older adults to fall.
There are a number of simple and inexpensive changes you can make to your home to reduce the risk of falling.
Top eight things you can do:
- Clear clutter from walkways and stairs
- Install handrails on both sides of stairs
- Keep walkways, steps and handrails in good repair
- Remove carpets or rugs that present a tripping hazard
- Use only non-slip rugs on the kitchen and bathroom floor, and non-skid mats, decals or abrasive strips in the bathtub and shower
- Install nightlights in the bedroom, bathroom and hallways
- Modify your daily activities so that you can reduce the risks of falling in your home
Watch the videos below to learn more about home safety:
General home safety
Winter health guide: Three exercises for fall prevention
- Fraser Health's Your Guide to Independent Living Booklet
Information on how to prevent falls and reduce injuries.
- Falls prevention brochure
Information on four things you can do to prevent falls.
- FindingBalance BC: Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition
Resources for older adults, including exercises and home safety for reducing fall risk.
- HealthLink BC: Seniors' falls can be prevented
Prevention tips to help seniors avoid falling.
- BC Injury and Prevention Unit
Injury prevention resources supporting the integration of prevention practice, especially fall prevention into the daily lives of British Columbians.
Builds awareness and understanding of the issue of injury, to keep Canadians safe at home, on the road, at work, and at play.
- Health Canada: Aging and seniors publications
The publications of the Division of Aging and Seniors are a great source of reliable information about aging in Canada.