Falls are a common occurrence in the older population. Complications from a fall may lead to
fracture, hospitalizations, rehabilitation and/or long-term care. Most falls happen between the
hours of 6:00–10:00 a.m. and 4:00–8:00 p.m.
These guidelines have been provided to help reduce the risk of falling. No one is free from the
risk of a fall—it can happen to you! Be sure to tell your caregiver as soon as possible if you experience a fall.
Please read these tips and remember to follow them. We need your cooperation to help
keep you safe.
- Request assistance when you need to get up from your chair or bed, or when doing
activities you know you cannot do alone.
- Sit at the edge of the bed before standing to reduce dizziness.
- Take your time when moving around—do not rush! Use a walker or cane as
recommended by your physician if you have unsteady movement.
- Turn the lights on as you enter rooms and hallways and use nightlights. Adequate
lighting will reduce the chance of falls.
- Keep the items you use most often at arm’s reach (that is, remote, light, telephone, water, etc.)
- Equip the bathroom with safety bars, tub chairs, non-skid mats or tape for tub
- Remove the clutter from your living space, which may create a hazard (that is, scatter
rugs, excessive furniture, electrical cords on the floor, etc.). Use proper tape backing on
scatter rugs and remove any rugs without it.
- Wear supportive shoes and properly fitted clothing.
- Wear hearing aids or glasses while awake if ordered by your physician.
- Move your bedroom space to the same floor as your daily living space. Consider an
electric hospital bed with side rails.
- Ask your doctor or nurse which medications may make you feel drowsy or less alert.
- Know your own limitations! Discuss your concerns with your health care provider and