Fall Prevention Checklist. Stay safe and independent in your own home with these simple solutions to help minimise the risk of falls.
Many factors can contribute to a person’s risk of falling, including:
Poor eyesight, hearing, mobility, balance and strength
Dehydration, confusion or dementia
Loss of bladder and bowel control
Fainting, dizziness or sudden drop in blood pressure
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.
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Founded in 1885 by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, Calvary is a charitable, not-for-profit, Catholic health care organisation. Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate health care to the most vulnerable, including those reaching the end of their life. We're responsible for over 12,000 staff and volunteers, 15 Public and Private Hospitals, 15 Retirement and Aged Care Facilities and a national network of Community Care Centres.
We look forward to welcoming you into the Calvary community.