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Spring 2016

How can I prevent a fall in my home or outside?

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among individuals ages 65 years and older in London-Middlesex. Many times, falls can be prevented by assessing individual needs and addressing health concerns that could lead to a fall. The following prevention tips are adapted from Finding Balance Ontario. Visit for more information on tools and resources to prevent falls.

Home check up

  • Have an assessment done by a health-care provider so that your home meets your needs. Install appropriate grab bars and rubber mats and use walkers and canes.
  • Keep your home well lit and free of clutter.
  • Use a night light or keep a flashlight beside your bed.

Watch your step

  • Watch for ice, cracks and uneven surfaces.
  • Determine what level of assistance you need with transportation.
  • Wear non-slip shoes and boots that fit well and seek treatment for foot problems.

Speak up about dizziness

  • Talk to your doctor if you feel lightheaded or dizzy.
  • Have your vision and hearing checked regularly.
  • After lying in bed or sitting in a chair, clench your fists and move your ankles in a circular motion 10 times, then get up slowly.
  • Dehydration can make you dizzy. Drink six to eight glasses of fluids including water each day, or as directed by your health care provider.

Keep active

  • Regular exercise and physical activity can increase muscle strength, improve balance and help prevent falls. Ask your health-care provider about the best type of exercise program for you.

Check your medication

  • Once a year, have a doctor or pharmacist review all medications, including prescriptions, over-the-counter pills, vitamins and herbal supplements.
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