Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors
Preventable falls can steal away your ability to be active and independent. In older adults hospitalized because of hip fractures, approximately half cannot return home or live independently.
Falls are more common than you may think so please, don't let a fall stop you!
YOU CAN PREVENT FALLS — Tips for your safety
In Your Home
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- Tip 1: Take a fresh look at your home environment, then take a few simple steps to prevent falls. For example: Remove clutter you can trip over from stairs and places where you walk. This may include items such as papers, books, clothes, and shoes.
- Tip 2: Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to secure them.
- Tip 3: Ensure your home has sturdy handrails and adequate lighting on all staircases.
In the bathroom:
- Tip 1: Keep items used most often in cabinets you can reach without a stool.
- Tip 2: Wear shoes that give good support and have non-slip soles.
- Tip 3: Improve lighting inside your home.
- Tip 1: Install grab bars next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.
- Tip 2: Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on the shower floors.
Fall prevention tips provided by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and the Vancouver Fire Department.
- Tip 1: Don't fall! Have your eyes checked annually to keep your vision sharp.
- Tip 2: Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about all the medicines you take, including over-the-counter items. Some medicines or combinations of medicines can make you drowsy, which can lead to a fall.
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