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.
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.
Read about our top three independent living aids for fall prevention here.
Our Care Advisers assist people who are new to home care services with information, advice and free in-home consultations. If you're looking for home care advice and guidance please click here or request a call from a Care Adviser here.