A Safety Checklist For Your Home
Reducing Your Risk of Falls brochure
• Remove all unnecessary clutter inside your house, especially in walkways.
• Ensure that all carpets are firmly attached as needed, especially for stairs.
• Make sure telephone and electrical cords are tucked away and not in a walker’s path.
• Tack rugs and glue vinyl flooring so that they lie flat. Remove rugs that tend to slip, or attach nonslip backing.
• Do not stand on a chair (or anything else) to reach things. Store frequently used objects where you can easily reach them.
• Install handrails on both sides of stairs and hallways as needed.
• Turn on the lights when you go into the house at night.
• Have a lamp or light switch you can reach easily from bed.
• Keep flashlights in handy areas. qHave light switches at both ends of stairs and halls.
• Use night lights in the bedroom, bathroom, hallways and any other room in the house you might go into at night.
• Make sure lighting is bright and bulbs are replaced.
• Use an elevated toilet seat if it helps make standing and sitting easier.
• Use a bench or stool to sit on in the shower if needed. Use a hand-held shower nozzle for bathing while sitting down.
• Use adhesive, nonslip strips or a mat in the shower or bathtub.
• Install grab bars inside and outside the bathtub or shower and next to the toilet for support.
• Add handrails around all stairs and steps.
• Keep walkways clear of clutter.
• Paint the edges of outdoor steps and any steps that are higher or lower than the rest or more narrow.
• Paint stairs with special paint that has sand included in the paint mixture to increase traction.
• Keep outdoor walkways well-lit.
• Clear snow and ice from entrances and sidewalks.
Assessing Your Risk of Falls
Assessing Your Risk of Falls brochure
THE TUG TEST – A RELIABLE MEASUREMENT OF FALL RISK
The Timed Up and Go test (TUG) is a simple test used to assess a person’s mobility and requires both static and dynamic balance. The test measures limited aspects of balance, such as rising, walking, turning, and sitting.
The TUG Test is a nationally recognized test, utilized by healthcare providers.
TOOLS YOU NEED TO PERFORM THE TUG TEST
WHAT DOES MY SCORE MEAN?
Scores of 0-13 seconds: none/low/moderate risk for falls.
Scores of 14+ seconds indicate a high risk for falls.
Discuss your fall risk with your health care provider.