Review the questions below carefully for assessing you or a loved one's fall risk:
Multiple medications can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and balance problems. It is important to have all of your medications reviewed at least once a year by a pharmacist or doctor.
Dizziness can occur with hearing loss. Set up an appointment to have your hearing checked.
Seeing obstacles is the first step in avoiding a fall. Keep your glasses clean. Have your eyes examined once a year.
Get a checkup! Falls lead to injuries. You need to find out why you are falling?
Wear well-fitting slippers with non-slid soles. Avoid night clothing that drags on the ground. Keep robe tied.
Throw rugs pose a tripping hazard. They should be tacked down or removed.
Using hand rails to go up and down stairs is easier and safer. Add hand rails to all stairs, if possible.
Clutter such as shoes, electrical cords, and magazines is a safety hazard. Keep pathways clear.
Good lighting can reduce the chance of falling.
Consider adding night lights were overheard lighting is lacking.
Add strips of bright tape to the edge of each stair.
Always keep a charged flashlight near your bed for emergencies.
A night light in the bathroom can also make night trips to the bathroom safer.
Put commonly used things on shelves that are easy to reach. If you must reach overhead, keep a sturdy stool handy.
Plan ahead. Move the object closer to something sturdy to hold on to.
Add grab bars to the walls or use a tub seat to assist with bathing. Non-skid tub mats and a hand held shower can also be useful.
Avoid sitting on low furniture. Chairs with arms make it easier to get up.
If you feel unsteady without holding onto something, you may need a cane. Consult your doctor or health care provider.