KEEP YOUR INDEPENDENCE
Watching Your Step
Watch your step wherever you are. Getting around inside and outside of our homes is part of everyday living. Our sight, our shoes, what we look for as we move around, can all effect how we get around. Here are some helpful tips:
Have your eyes checked every year.
Wear shoes that support your feet, cover your heel, and have a good grip.
See a healthcare professional if you have diabetes, or if you sense pain or any changes in your feet.
Avoid rushing and doing too many things at once.
Keep a cordless or cell phone handy.
The home is the most common place for older adults to be injured from a fall. Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook, but important to fix. The good news is that we can all take steps to help prevent slips, trips and falls that can occur in and around the home. Here are some helpful tips:
Watch for ice, uneven surfaces, sidewalk cracks, unmarked curbs and slopes when walking.
Keep walkways well lit inside and outside. Poorly lit pathways cause shadows and can hide hazards.
Keep stairs well lit and free of clutter. Have light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs.
Look out for things that can cause you to trip such as cords, pets or door thresholds.
Remove scatter mats and area rugs that present a tripping hazard or tape down the edges.
- Use non slip mats inside and outside of bathtubs and shower stalls.
- Consult additional resources to learn more about ways to reduce fall risks at home.
The information contained on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition, or before beginning any exercise program
New Brunswick’s trauma program is not your typical trauma system. The NB Trauma Program is comprised of dedicated partners who are committed to help reduce injuries, provide coordinated trauma care, education and research opportunities. Our formal partners include the NB Department of Health, Horizon Health Network, Vitalité Health Network and Ambulance NB. The NB Trauma Program also has many community partnerships, mainly in the area of injury prevention. These partnerships include police and fire services, schools, non-profit agencies and charitable organisations that focus on wellness.
The Program recognizes that both rural and urban trauma centers, formal and community partners are all an essential part of our system and a key to our success. For more information, please visit our website at www.NBTrauma.ca.
For more information on government programs and services for seniors, their families and caregivers please contact:
Toll Free Senior Line
If you or someone you know requires non-urgent health advice or information, call Tele-Care. A registered nurse will assess your needs and provide information, education and/or advice as required. For access to this confidential and bilingual toll-free telephone service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week please contact:
In an emergency, call 911 or visit the local emergency department.