Garden and getting in and out of the house
Are paths clear of leaves and overgrown plants?
Keeping your garden tidy and free of obstacles will make it safer
Are your paving stones free of moss and algae?
Moss and algae can become slippery when wet; prune over hanging plants and branches to improve light and air circulation. You can buy products to remove algae or ask someone to remove it with a pressure washer
Do you have any uneven or broken paving slabs?
Ask someone to replace or straighten them up
Are your flower/vegetable beds at ground level (rather than in containers or raised beds)?
Try not to spend too long in one position and take care when standing up from a bent over position
Try to alternate activities between seated ones and standing ones
Make sure you take breaks to avoid becoming over tired
Consider container gardening or raised beds
Do you have high step(s) to get in and out of the property?
You may benefit from an additional step and / or grab rails
Remember to use your walking aid (if you use one) outdoors as well. Wheeled walking frames aren’t recommended for use outside, four wheeled walkers may be a suitable alternative. Speak to the independant living centre, a mobility shop or your physiotherapist if you are unsure.
Fire Safety Advice
- Store wheelie bins and rubbish securely away from property and bring bins back in as soon as possible after rubbish collection