Guidance on preventing falls for older people
Tell the nurse or doctor looking after you if:
- you have fallen in the last year
- are worried about falling
- have a history of falls.
If you need help to move, for example to go to the toilet, use your call bell or ask for help.
Make sure your glasses are clean and use these as prescribed.
If you have hearing aids it is important to use these.
Use your usual walking aid. Keep it close by and check for wear and tear on the rubber feet.
Never lean on hospital furniture as it’s often on wheels.
When getting up:
- sit upright for a few moments on the edge of your bed before standing
- do so slowly; make sure you feel steady before walking.
Do some simple leg exercises before getting up from your bed or chair:
- point your toes and release a few times
- tighten the muscles in your calves and then release them
- move your legs up and down if you can, to get the circulation going.
If you feel dizzy – stop. Sit down and let the ward staff know.
Drink regularly and eat well.
Be familiar with your bedside environment. Ask for clutter to be moved if your path isn’t clear.
Make sure your shoes or slippers fit well, grip well and cannot fall off.
Wear well-fitting clothing and shorter nightwear to prevent trips.
Take care in the bathroom and toilet. Ask for help if you need assistance.
|Date last updated:||06/11/2018|
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