Contrary to popular belief, falls are not inevitable for the elderly. Some risk factors for falls are relatively easy to change and, where falls occur, the severity of injuries can be reduced.

Maintaining a safe home environment is a key element in remaining independent at home. Half of falls occur in people’s own homes, so just because you’re familiar with the environment, doesn’t mean it’s always safe.

Check out our Home Safety checklist below as a guide to evaluate your home.

Are you at risk of falling checklist

Many of the changes are simple and inexpensive and can be implemented by you and your family.

To further reduce your individual risk factors join the Upright for Life program, commencing October 12.