Preventing Falls

The prospect of falling is a massive concern for many older adults. With one in three people over 65 falling at least once a year, it is the number one cause of injury in this age group. 

But it’s not all doom and gloom.

Home Care, Caregivers, Home Support, Safety

Many falls can be prevented, here’s how:

Around the house

  • Ensure you have bright, accessible lighting and motion sensor lights near the bathroom and stairs
  • Tidy away any clutter and make sure walkways are kept clear
  • Secure rugs and ensure carpets do not have any holes or loose threads
  • Install handrails and grab bars around the toilet, bath and stairs
  • Use non-slip mats and clean up spills as soon as they happen


  • Install good outdoor lighting
  • Remove weeds, moss and lichen on paths and keep regular walkways well swept
  • Make stairs easier to navigate by painting a white stripe on the edge of each step
  • Avoid using ladders or step stools – where possible keep things in easy reach or ask for assistance
  • Report cracked or damaged footpaths to your local council

It only takes a few minor adjustments to help prevent the risk of falls.

For more information on falls, go to: Older people – preventing falls at home

If you need help to get your home safe for falls prevention, ask the friendly carers at InPlace Care to help. You can check the wide variety of services and get the help you need to stay safe.


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