Helpful Aged Care Tips

Your Fall Prevention Checklist

Stay safe and independent in your own home with these simple solutions to help minimise the risk of falls.

Home Care Experts by Calvary Fall Prevention

Many factors can contribute to a person’s risk of falling, including:

  • Poor eyesight, hearing, mobility, balance and strength
  • Dehydration, confusion or dementia
  • Poor footwear
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Fainting, dizziness or sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Certain medications
  • Mats, cords, clutter, uneven paths and poor lighting

How can I stay safe at home?

Be proactive and prevent the risk of falls:

1: Get your vision and hearing checked regularly 

2: Keep active - go for a walk each day

3: Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious meals 

4: See a continence adviser  if you are having trouble  getting to the toilet on time  or have some concern  when you cough, sneeze  or stand up

5: Wear good footwear 

6: Don’t stand up too quickly if you get dizzy.  Sit on the side of the bed or in a chair for 5-10 minutes before you stand 

7: Maintain healthy bones with  10 minutes of sunlight a day

8: Discuss your medications with your doctor and pharmacist including what you buy over the counter.

Fall Prevention checklist

 Falls Prevention Checklist for at Home

  • Install sturdy handrails on both
  • sides of stairs
  • Keep your home free of clutter.  Be aware of tripping hazards; animals, small rugs, uneven flooring and unsecured bedding
  • Place a slip-proof mat in the tub
  • Keep phone and electrical cords out of any pathway
  • Use a personal alarm or fall detector (See page 10)
  • Install good lighting and use night-lights throughout your home
  • Install handrails in bathtub and toilet areas
  • Walkers, canes, and other assistive devices, should be kept in good condition and used at all times rather than using furniture or walls for balance
  • Wipe up any spills immediately. 

Preventing Falls at Calvary

At Calvary we believe fall prevention is everyone’s business. All Calvary hospitals screen patients for risk of falling, and develop plans to help reduce the risk of having a fall whilst in hospital.

We also operate Falls Prevention Clinics in some Calvary hospitals. Our Home Care Experts are trained to identify fall risks in the home environment and the Calvary Smart Home showcases a range of independent living devices  that can be easily installed to reduce the risk of falls.

In line with our commitment to providing a safe, quality service Calvary recognises ”April Falls Day” which kicks-off an entire month devoted to raising awareness of preventing falls and harm from falls amongst our patients, residents, clients, staff and the general public.

 

To learn more about how you can prevent falls in the home and personal alarm products, call us on 1300 66 00 22, or visit the Calvary Smart Home at 551 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley.

Read about our top three independent living aids for fall prevention here. 


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