INJURY Matters flagship program Stay on your Feet launched its new campaign in Halls Head today with the help of some new friends to combat falls in older adults in and around the home,
According to research, about 50 per cent of falls occur in and around the home.
Of those, 42 per cent are in hallways and entries, 17 per cent outside the home, 12 per cent in bathrooms and toilets and 10 per cent in the bedroom.
Make Your Home Safer with Frank and Tiddles is a short animation produced by Sandbox Productions that highlights the importance of making simple and low cost changes in and around the home.
It emphasises the small changes that can be made to remove hazards by using a free home safety checklist and action plan.
Injury Prevention manager Rachel Meade said it was imperative older West Australians recognised simple changes such as replacing torn carpet, removing mats, making sure the home was well lit and keeping pathways clear, went along way to preventing falls.
The Make Your Home Safer launch was held at Bunnings Halls Head.
To watch Frank and Tiddles in action or to order a copy of the free checklist, go to www.stayonyourfeet.com.au or call 1300 303 540.