General Fall Precautions

  • Wear flat, wide-toed shoes
  • Talk with your provider about any side effects you may have with your medications. Problems caused by the effects from medicine are a common cause of falls.
  • Remove small throw rugs.
  • If your provider suggests that you use a cane or walker to help you walk, please use it. This will give you extra stability when walking and help avoid a fall.
  • It is common to be slightly dizzy on rising, especially during illness, increased periods of bed rest, or when certain medications are used. To avoid falls, sit on the side of the bed and count to 15 before trying to get up.