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Remove Hazards

Remove Hazards

As your body gets older changes will occur. Feel confident that you can adapt to your changes and make your home safer. You can remove hazards by making your home safer, checking your eyesight and wearing safe footwear.

Make Your Home Safer

Hazards inside and outside of your home can increase your risk of fall.

When hazards are combined with other factors such as poor vision, unsafe footwear, side effects of medicines and weak bones this can lead to an increased risk of having a slip, trip or a fall.

Feel confident that you can make small changes at home so that you can get on with enjoying life.

How can I make my home safer?

  • Get rid of rugs, mats, slippery tiles and objects on the floor.
  • Move furniture to create larger walkways and keep everyday objects in easy to reach areas.
  • If you require equipment such as rails in your bathroom or toilet ask your GP or home care providers.
  • If you have had a fall it is important to let someone know.

Who can help?

Independent Living Centre: www.ilc.com.au

Occupational Therapy Association: www.otauswa.com.au

Older adult gathering extension cord and removing the hazard from his home.

Check Your Eyesight

As you get older your vision will begin to change. Poor vision and eyes disease are more common among older adults.

Poor eyesight is not only a risk factor for falls, but also reduces your ability to do daily tasks and can lead to a poorer quality of life.

What is it?

As you get older your vision will start to change. Poor vision and eye diseases are more common among older adults.

Poor eyesight is not only a risk factor for falls, but also reduces your ability to do daily tasks and can lead to a poorer quality of life.

How can I look after my eyesight?

  • Be aware of small changes to your vision like cataracts or watery eyes, and visit an optometrist or your GP.
  • Have your eyes checked and tested by an optometrist at least once a year.
  • Adapt to your changing vision at home by turning on extra lights and clearly marking the edges of steps.
  • Ask about the safest use of multi-focals, especially when you are active and outdoors.

Who can help?

Lions Eye Institute: www.lei.org.au

Optometrists Association WA: www.optometrists.asn.au

Local Optometrist or Ophthalmologist

Older adult putting on her glasses.

Wear Safe Footwear

Feet provide support and balance to your body when it is in different positions. We rarely think about our feet until they start to cause us pain and problems.

People with foot pain and foot problems may walk slowly and have difficulty doing tasks like housework or shopping.

Foot problems can cause loss of balance or make you feel unstable on your feet which put you at risk of having a fall.

Foot pain and problems can often reduce your mobility and can have an impact on your independence.

What is safe footwear?

  • Wear shoes with good grip that are flat and fit securely.
  • Do not walk in socks.
  • Choose shoes with broad and flat heels to increase the amount of tread and keep you feeling stable.
  • If you have any concerns with your shoes or feet, see a podiatrist or GP.

Who can help?

Australian Podiatry Association WA: www.podiatrywa.com.au

Your local Podiatrist

Older adult putting on safe shoes.

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