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Falls are more likely to occur when you’re in an unfamiliar setting, when you’re not feeling well, when you’re on medication or when you’re feeling stressed. So while you are in our care, we will take special precautions to help assure your safety.
A member of your care team will perform an assessment to determine your fall risk and review with you the ways we can work together to prevent you from falling. As your condition changes (following a medical procedure, for example), you will be re-evaluated.
If you do not receive an assessment, please tell a member of your care team, and we will arrange one for you. Your safety is important to us!
We encourage you to share these fall prevention tips with your family members or caregivers, so they can help you prepare for your release from the hospital.
Before you go
When you arrive
Any illness that causes fatigue, muscle weakness or dizziness increases fall risk. Diabetes, heart disease, circulatory and inner ear problems are common culprits.
Medications may make you feel dizzy, drowsy, lightheaded or confused, increasing fall risk.
Bedrest can cause muscles to shrink and weaken, and may create a lightheaded sensation upon rising from the bed.
You are more likely to fall in settings where the floor plan, lights, sounds and activities are unfamiliar to you.
In stressful situations (like a stay in a medical facility), you may feel more tired than usual, and not as careful or alert.
Dehydration may cause dizziness, so use caution if you are fasting for a medical test or procedure.
Decreased vision, slower reflexes, stiff joints and weakened bones may increase fall risk.
Walking in socks, nylons and open-heeled slippers or shoes should be avoided. Choose low-heeled, closed-back footwear with non-skid soles.
Stairs, throw rugs, electrical cords and other obstacles are common causes of falls.
In certain circumstances, your care team may recommend the use of assistive devices to keep you from falling. A seatbelt, for example, can keep you from slipping down or toppling out of a wheelchair. Please understand that this is only a precaution to help assure your safety. Let your care team know if any device is too tight or causes numbness, coldness or chaffing.
Adapted from AHI of Indiana