April 2018
Falls at Home
Behavioral Healthcare, Gerontology, Internal Medicine and Subspecialties, Nursing, Pharmacy
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 Key Facts From the National Safety Council (Injury Facts 2017)

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Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older.

 

 

 

 

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More than 33,000 people died from falls in 2015, and most of them were over age 65.

 

 

 

Prevent Falls at Home

Avoid tripping hazards.

  • Remove any clutter from areas where you walk.
  • Install brighter bulbs. Put nightlights in your bedroom, bathroom, and hallways.
  • Keep a light and phone next to your bed.

Protect your eyes.

  • Have your eyes checked each year. Poor vision can cause falls.  
  • Install brighter bulbs. Put nightlights in your bedroom, bathroom, and hallways.
  • Keep a light and phone next to your bed.

Ask your doctor.

  • Ask your doctor whether any of the medicines you take may cause dizziness.

Keep active!

  • One of the best ways to prevent falls is to stay healthy by being active.

Be safe in your home.

  • Install grab bars and handrails on both sides of the stairs, around the toilet, and in the tub/shower.
  • Use nonslip mats in the bathtub or shower and any areas that get slippery when wet.
  • If possible, live on one level, and avoid steps whenever you can.
  • If you must climb stairs, limit the number of trips up and down them.
  • Store frequently used items where they are easy to reach.
  • Take your time when standing or sitting up. You may get dizzy and fall.

Wear safe clothing.

  • Avoid loose clothing as it can bunch up and cause falls.
  • Wear shoes to prevent slipping.  If you do wear socks without shoes, get ones with grips on the bottom.

©2018 Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority