Falls Prevention

LHSC is committed to preventing falls and has fall prevention measures in place to ensure the safety of our patients.

People fall for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Physical health
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Medications
  • Health changes that may alter thinking

Your health-care team will assess your risk for falling and design a care plan based on your needs.

Fall prevention tips

  • Use your call bell and do not attempt to get out of bed alone if you feel weak, dizzy, or unsteady on your feet.
  • Wear secure, non-slip footwear. Keep footwear laced.
  • Inform your nurse if you:
    • Feel dizzy or faint when you get up.
    • Have fallen recently at home.
    • Use a can or walker at home and need one while you are in the hospital.
    • Have a fear of walking.
  • Together with your health-care team, it is important that:
    • Your call bell is within reach.
    • Items such as glasses are within reach.
    • Your bed is at the appropriate height.
    • The environment is clean and clear of obstacles.
    • You receive the assistance you need when walking to the bathroom.