Ask the Nurse; How Can I Prevent Falls?

April 1, 2019

Always talk with your doctor when you are having falls. Sometimes you need to encourage them to listen and address your issues. Consider the use of a call-alert to use when you fall so help can come quickly.

  1. Medication review. If able, reducing or discontinuing medications that are at risk for falls or may cause an increase in falls. A lower dose or changing to a different medication may also help. Watch especially when starting a new medication for possible side effects.
  2. Checking blood pressures. Checking your blood pressure when sitting and standing may note a variation in your blood pressure which could cause falls due to a sudden drop in blood pressure.
  3. Gait, balance and strength. Poor balance and decline in leg strength can put you at risk for falls. Working with physical therapy to improve balance and strength can help a lot. Occupational therapy can assess the home for safety and recommend modifications.
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