Over 95% of hip fractures in the United States are caused by falls, with over 250,000 individuals impacted every year. Knowing how to prevent falls can reduce your chance of an injury and maintain your independence.
- Avoid walking on unsteady surfaces
- Wear properly fitting and supportive shoes
- Use a cane or walker if recommended or you find yourself holding onto walls or furniture
- Talk to your healthcare provider if you have a fear of falling. Ensure safe, well lit and open hallways
- Remove or tack down throw rugs
- Remove tripping hazards such as pet toys, electric cords, etc.
- Use a night light in bedrooms and bathrooms; keep a flashlight by your bed
- Ensure handrails are sturdy
- Add bright strips of tape to the edge of steps
- Install grab bars in the shower, around the bathtub and by the toilet
- Use a non-skid bathtub/shower mat or shower chair for bathing
- Do not drink alcohol, especially if combined with certain prescription drugs
- Consider a medical alert call system in case you fall and cannot get up
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