Here are some tips to help prevent you from falling.

  • Stairways and halls are well lit.
  • A flashlight with good batteries or a lamp is within easy reach of your bed.
  • Throw rugs are removed or have a non-skid backing and are not placed in traffic areas.
  • All clutter is cleared from the house, especially from pathways.
  • Electrical and telephone cords are placed along walls – not under rugs – and away from traffic areas and do not cross pathways.
  • Handrails are used on stairs and securely fastened.
  • Elevated toilet seats and stools are used, if needed.
  • Spills are cleaned up immediately.
  • Outside walks are kept clear of snow and ice in the winter.
  • Outside steps and entrances are well lighted.
  • You are aware of any medications being taken which may cause dizziness or unsteadiness.
  • Alcoholic beverages are limited to no more than two per day.
  • When in a seated or lying down position, stand up slowly.
  • Steps and walkways are in good condition and are free of objects.
  • Steps have non-skid strips or carpeting is securely fastened and is free from holes and fraying.
  • Light switches are located at the top and bottom of stairways and at both ends of long halls.
  • Doors do not swing out over stairsteps.
  • Clearance in the stairway provides adequate head room.
  • Porches, balconies, terraces and other elevations or depressions are protected by railings or otherwise protected.


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    Community Health and Counseling Services will provide community health services that are needed and valued by the communities and individuals we serve.