St George Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Falls Prevention

There are usually a number of reasons for someone falling. These may include:

  • Poor balance;
  • Incontinence;
  • Unfamiliar environments and obstacles;
  • Poor eyesight;
  • Unsafe footwear; and
  • Some medicines.

What can you do before being admitted?

  • Bring to hospital any equipment you normally use, such as spectacles and walking aids;
  • Bring to hospital all medicines you are currently taking, and any information relating to them.

What can you do when you are in hospital?

  • Always use your call bell early if you require assistance and keep it in easy reach;
  • Take your time when getting up from sitting or lying down;
  • Let staff know if you feel unwell or unsteady on your feet;
  • If staff recommend that you need assistance or supervision when moving, please ask them for this assistance and wait until they come to help you;
  • Familiarise yourself with your room, its furniture and bathroom. Look out for hazards that may cause a fall, such as spills and clutter, and tell staff about them promptly;
  • If you have your prescribed walking aid, make sure it is in good condition and that you use it rather than using furniture or walls for balance;
  • If you have spectacles, only wear your distance ones when walking. Take special care when using bifocal or multifocal glasses;
  • Wear comfortable clothing that is not too long or loose;
  • Whenever you are up and about, wear comfortable, low-heeled and nonslip shoes that fit you well, rather than slippers;
  • Always keep your fluid levels up, because dehydration can disorient you.