Falls prevention and balance
Falls can happen to anyone, regardless of age, and can affect your independence and the way you go about your daily activities.
After a surgery, an illness or injury you may be more prone to falls. Having a fall or losing your balance can affect your confidence and your ability to go about your everyday tasks.
We provide a safe environment when you stay with us and make sure you know how to reduce the risk of falls when you are home.
What causes falls?
Falls can be caused by:
- physical factors, such as items inside and outside your home that can be trip hazards
- health factors, such as poor eyesight or poor muscle strength and coordination
- reactions to medication
Top tips to prevent falls in hospital
The top tips to help you from falling in hospital include:
- keep the things you need within reach, such as glasses, the telephone, your water jug and the call bell
- always take your time when getting up from lying or sitting down
- make sure you have any walking aids within close reach, such as walking sticks, walking frames or crutches
- minimise any clutter around your bed
- keep well hydrated.
If at any stage, you feel unwell or unsteady on your feet, please let your caregivers know.
Your physiotherapist may assess you for falls risks, and may refer you to a falls specialist who can look at what may cause you to fall or lose your balance.
You may be referred to attend a falls and balance rehabilitation program while in hospital or after you go home to help reduce your risk of falls. This may include:
- education on risk factors for falls and how to reduce these
- exercises to improve strength, balance and reflexes required to prevent falls
- a review of you home environment to identify high risk areas and hazards.