Safety Proofing your Home

Some other things to consider 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 ie. 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