Preventing Falls

Information to keep you safe and active.

senior couple walking down the stairsFalls are a major cause of injury, especially for senior citizens or those with mobility issues. Henry Ford Health System is committed to keeping our patients safe, not only in our facilities, but also in their daily lives.

Am I at risk for a fall?

  • I have trouble seeing.
  • I have a hard time hearing.
  • I have had a stroke.
  • I sometimes feel dizzy.
  • I have trouble walking.
  • I don’t know the side effects of the medicine I take.

How can I stop falls?

  • Don’t forget to drink enough water.
  • Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about how to safely take your medicines.
  • Always wear your glasses.
  • Always wear your hearing aids.
  • Make sure your walker or cane is at the right height.
  • Wear shoes that don’t slip.
  • Take your time when moving or walking.
  • Watch out for spills, cords or other obstacles.

group of friends laughing outsideHow do I stay safe when I’m out and about?

  • Wear sensible shoes.
  • Use a cane or walker, if you have one. This not only helps you stay steady, but alerts others to be more careful around you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and any obstacles or hazards.

How do I make my home safe?

Can you get out of bed and easily walk to the bathroom?

  • Use a nightlight so you can see where you are going.
  • Put a lamp where you can reach it from bed.
  • If you are dizzy, sit on the edge of the bed until the feeling passes.

Do you have to walk around things in your house?

  • Ask someone to move things so you have a clear path.
  • Secure power cords to the wall and behind furniture.

Do you have rugs on the floor?

  • Take the rugs out.
  • Use two-sided tape or non-skid strips on the backs of the rugs.

Are things on high shelves in the kitchen or bathroom?

  • Move things to lower cabinets.

 Is your tub or shower slippery?

  • Have someone install grab bars.
  • Use a rubber mat in the tub or shower.

Do you have a fall alert device?