Tips on Preventing Falls

Tips on Preventing Falls

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 65 fall each year? Falls are the leading cause of deadly injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.

Common reasons why older adults fall are:

  • Chronic health conditions
  • Vision impairments or muscle weakness
  • Balance impairments

Below is a list of items to look for in your home to help reduce the risk of falling.


  • Remove rugs or use non-slip backing so rugs won’t slip
  • Keep objects off the floor and stairs
  • Coil or tape electrical cords next to wall to prevent tripping

Stairs and Steps

  • Fix loose or uneven steps
  • Turn on lights when moving
  • Fix loose handrails
  • Use rubber treads on uncarpeted stairs


  • Move items high in cabinets to bottom shelves near waist height
  • Never use a chair as a stool
  • Use a sturdy step stool with a bar


  • Place lamp close to bed
  • Use night lights
  • Put non-slip mats in tub or shower
  • Install grab bars in tub/shower and next to toilet

Other helpful measures to prevent falls:

  • Exercise regularly to help strengthen and improve balance
  • Get up slowly after sitting or lying down
  • Wear sturdy shoes with non-slip soles
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about medications that make you sleep or dizzy

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