FINDING BALANCE ALGORITHM
Watching Your Step
Older adults can use a home safety checklist to examine their home for environmental risks.
In situations where older adults or their families are unable to perform a home safety checklist and when older adults at high risk for falls are discharged from hospital, a referral to an occupational therapist or Home Care clinician may help to assess for the presence of environmental risk factors and address them if found. Contact local Community Care Access. While in-home assessments require more resources, clients who received in-home assessments are more likely to act on the information and implement changes.
Older adults should have their vision checked annually. Conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts or wearing glasses with an incorrect prescription can limit vision and increase the risk of falling.
Wearing supportive shoes and clothing that does not drag on the floor can reduce the risk of falling. Use of anti-slip shoe devices & cane tips in icy conditions can also reduce falls.
Outdoor hazards and hazards in public buildings should be reported to local government.