Safety Proofing your Home

Here are some tips for safety proofing your home before and after having your surgery:


  • Always turn the lights on before going into a room and take a few seconds to let your eyes adjust.
  • Use night lights, especially to light hallways, bathrooms and bedrooms.
  • Make sure indoor and outdoor walkways are well lit, especially at night.


  • Install railing on both sides of the stairs, running their full length.
  • Ensure that staircases are well lit. Install two-way light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs.
  • Avoid carrying objects when going up and down the stairs.


  • Avoid using throw rugs, as they can bunch up or slide. Non-skid material can be purchased to put under your rugs.
  • Be aware of changes in flooring i.e., going from tiled to carpeted floors can cause you to trip.
  • Keep hallways clear of objects, especially electrical cords and telephone wires.
  • Be alert to pets who can suddenly appear in front of you or behind you.


  • Pay attention to the surface you are walking on.  Be cautious of ice, snow, wet or dry leaves and moss-covered stone paths or steps.
  • Dry off your walker and/or crutch tips when coming in from the rain or snow.


  • Ensure your shoes have good support to help your balance and make it safer to walk.
  • Heels should be low and wide to improve your balance.
  • Avoid wearing only socks or smooth-soled shoes/slippers.

General Tips

  • DO NOT try moving too quickly. Let people know that it will take you longer to get to the phone or the door.
  • DO NOT hold onto furniture for support when walking.
  • Check the tips of your walker and/or crutches regularly to make sure they are not worn down.
  • If you are dizzy, sit up slowly and wait until your head clears. Then stand up slowly and take your time.