Many patients have reduced hearing, sight and mobility. In the “unfamiliar” hospital environment, there is an increased risk of falls. Family and friends can assist the nursing staff reduce the risk of falls by ensuring your loved one is safe when you leave. Please raise bedrails that were lowered during your visit, remove any obstacles en route to the bathroom or hallway and ensure the patient’s call bell is within reach.
TAKE ACTION to stay mobile and independent.
- Take it slowly. The hours spent in bed (or sitting in a chair) can affect your balance.
- Sit for a short time on the edge of your bed until you feel steady before standing or walking.
- Ensure that your call bell is always within reach.
- Be careful not to over reach for things. If you can’t reach something, call for help.
- If you have trouble getting in and out of bed, talk to the health care team about how to make it easier.
Assist with mobility
- Wait for staff to come and help you before moving if they have told you that you must have help.
- Always use a mobility device such as a cane or walker if your healthcare team has told you to use one.
- Wear shoes at all times on all floor surfaces.
- Tell your healthcare team right away when you need to pee.
- Tell your team about any medication that makes you feel dizzy, drowsy, or confused.
Fall Risk Reduction
- Wait a minute until you are steady on your feet before you start to walk.
- Wear non-slip, well fitting footwear. (Tips for buying shoes)
- Wear your glasses and hearing aid if you need them.
Engage patient and family
- Ask your health care provider about your risk factors.
- Discuss with your family and support people.