Preparation can help prevent falls

Every 11 seconds, an older adult is admitted to the emergency room for a fall-related injury. With a little bit of preparation, preventing falls isn’t hard. Here are some of our simple suggestions:

Start at home

We spend a lot of time at home. Make sure to remove tripping hazards, improve lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars if necessary.

Initiate an open conversation with loved ones about the risk of falling — make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to keeping shared and private spaces safe.

Assess your risk

Make an appointment with the doctor to assess your — or your loved one’s — risk of falling. Your doctor will be able to calculate risk — and let you know if any prescriptions may have any fall-related side-effects. It will also be helpful to get vision and hearing checked since our eyes and ears are key in keeping us balanced and on our feet.

Can’t make it in to see a doctor? This quiz can give you a basic indication if there is risk of falling.

Get physical

Adding balance, flexibility, and strength exercises into any daily routine can make a big difference in fall prevention. Exercise also strengthens our bones, making us more resilient if we do take a tumble. 

Read more about California’s initiatives to prevent falls.

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