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falls & mobility
positive things you can do

Now for the good news. Since people with dementia are ultra-sensitive to home hazards, you can do many things to help prevent a fall. Throughout our virtual home, you'll find practical tips and strategies for making every room safer. Below, we've put together six key fall-safety areas so that you can more easily locate specific information. You're just a click away from essential fall-prevention tips.

Please note that routine and familiarity are important to someone with dementia. So, whenever possible, make changes slowly - and only a few at a time.

Make Bathing Safer


The Problem: Wet, slippery surfaces, high tub walls that have to be climbed over, and resistance to bathing make the bathing area a key target for fall prevention.

Show me how to

Install grab bars

Use a bath chair

Get a bath mat

Add an accessible shower

Give a safer, better bath


Make Getting On and Off the Toilet Safer


The Problem. Toilets are typically too low and lack side arm support, making getting on and off unsafe. Use special equipment to make transferring as easy as possible to reduce injury risk, both the individual's and yours.

Show me how to

Use a safety frame with side arms

Raise the toilet seat height

Make Getting In and Out of a Chair or Sofa Safer


The Problem. Low and deep chairs, soft cushioning, and inadequate side arms make transferring difficult - and dementia may cause the person to be unable to remember the specific body movements needed to rise from a seated position, something we take for granted. The person may attempt to get out of a chair independently when no longer able to rise safely without assistance.

Show me how to

Get the right chair

Help a person transfer

Adapt a sofa or a chair

Use a lift-up chair

Get a chair glider

Use a chair alarm


Make Getting In and Out of Bed Safer


The Problem. Falls around the bed area are common. The bed may be too soft or not at a good transfer height. The person for whom you care may have forgotten how to stand up without reminders, or weak leg muscles may make getting out of bed difficult. And sometimes the person may attempt to get out of bed independently when no longer able to safely get up without assistance.

Show me how to

Get the right bed height

Help a person transfer

Use a bed handle

Get a hospital bed

Use a fall monitor


Make Stair Climbing Safer


The Problem. Tthe person may attempt to use the stairs independently when unable to do so safely without assistance.  Frequently, only one handrail is available, making it unsafe or even impossible for a person with a weak side due to a stroke. Poor depth perception may cause the person to miss a step. Poor nighttime lighting and wintery icy stairs can also cause falls.

Indoors - Show me how to

Use handrails on both sides

Make the stair flooring safer

Use good lighting

Use monitors

Use gates & doors

Convert to first floor living

Use a stair chair lift


Make it Safer to Walk Around


The Problem. Exercise and walking, both indoors and outdoors, are vital to a person's health and well-being, but home hazards often abound. For example, loss of homekeeping skills can result in clutter and flooring in disrepair. Shuffling feet can become caught on area rugs or extension cords, and furniture leaned on for support may be too rickety to be safe. Ottomans and small or glass tables, once easily seen, may now become objects to trip over, especially in low lighting.

Show me how to

Make flooring safer

Declutter

Increase lighting


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