How to Make a Home Senior-Friendly

  • Are sturdy railings or banisters securely placed along each stairway?
  • Are stairs, halls, and exits free of clutter?
  • Are throw rugs eliminated or fastened down?
  • Are electrical cords in good condition?
  • Are nightlights placed in the bedroom-bathroom area and in the halls? Wiring should not be frayed or stripped. Do not run electrical wire under carpet. Keep telephone wires away from walkways.
  • Is furniture arranged to allow free movement in heavy traffic areas?
  • Are often-used items stored in spaces that are easy to reach?
  • Are panhandles turned toward the back of the stove when in use?
  • Are potholders used, not apron corners and dish towels, when cooking?
  • Are grease and liquids wiped up immediately after spilled?
  • Are cleaning fluids, polishes, bleaches, detergents and all poisons stored separately and clearly marked?
  • Are grab bars installed in the bathtub and shower and at the toilet?
  • Are non-slip rubber mats placed in bathtub and shower?
  • Is water temperature checked with hand before showering or bathing?
  • Is a first-aid kit available at all times?
  • Are medicines clearly labeled and placed where the person knows where they are?
  • Is a lamp or other light located within easy reach of the bedside?
  • Are hazardous tools and firearms kept locked up?

Chronic Conditions May Increase Fall Risk Up to 54%

Some diseases common in adults over age 65, like heart disease, diabetes, COPD, Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis put those with the conditions at a significantly higher likelihood of suffering a serious fall. But combining prevention and preparation can help you or your loved one stay safer and healthier.

Know the Fall Risks
Who is more at risk of a fall that requires hospitalization: Someone with COPD or diabetes? What if you have more than one chronic condition?

Prevention & Preparation in the Face of Increased Fall Risk
As people age, they experience physical changes that increase the likelihood of falls: reflexes slow, muscle mass decreases and visions worsens. But add a chronic condition, and your chances of a serious fall multiply exponentially.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Cognitive impairment increases the chance of serious falls by 50+%. Learn more and get tips to avoid them.

COPD & Asthma
Studies show a direct link between COPD and fall risk in older adults. Find out how to manage your symptoms and risk.

Diabetes
This condition can lead to neuropathy, stroke, kidney disease and more — adding to a senior’s fall risk. Learn more.

Heart Conditions
42.2 million seniors in the U.S. live with heart disease and the accompanying greater risk for falls. Find out what you can do.

Osteoporosis & Arthritis
When natural muscle loss combines with arthritis, sufferers are more likely to fall. Try these tips for prevention and preparation.

Fall Proofing your home

Simple changes can help make your home safer. The section called fall proofing your home offers some tips for preventing falls at home.