Falls and safety in and around the home - Stay On Your Feet
Why is home safety a risk factor?
|The relative risk of falls can be reduced by 20% in those with a history of falling by an occupational therapist conducting a thorough home risk assessment and arranging the recommended modifications for free or at a low cost 142,220. The specific education and training provided by an occupational therapist on the use of technical and mobility aids and mobilising safely around the home is an essential component. 220,221. Home modification programs conducted without the input of an occupational therapist have not been as effective. Falls can also occur in public places where the physical environment is not safe.|
- Home risk assessment by an occupational therapist, followed by recommended modifications to the home
- Use of technical and mobility aids
- Planning for safe public spaces
Who can help older people with making their home and surrounds safe?
- Occupational therapist (home)
- Local government (public places)
- Home Falls and Accidents Screening Tool, is a home environmental audit tool for use in population based studies developed by the Discipline of Occupational Therapy at the University of Newcastle
Research on falls and home safety
- Research exploring the falls potential and health benefits of pet ownership: The perils of pet ownership: a new fall-injury risk factor and Pet ownership: good for health?
- Victorian Aged Care Department discussion paper: Preventing falls in public places
- Office of Senior Victorians: Positive Ageing - A strategy for current and future senior Victorians
Resources related to home safety and falls
- Queensland Stay On Your Feet® image library - images related to falls at home and home hazards
- Queensland Stay On Your Feet® image library - images related to falls in public settings
To find out more about risk factors
For more in-depth information about falls risk factors, risk awareness, risk screening and assessment methods, refer to the Queensland Stay On Your Feet® Community Good Practice Guidelines.