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Preventing falls at home

Home Hazards

The following tips can help to prevent falls in the home:

  • Keep home free of clutter and make sure there are no trailing wires
  • Be aware of tripping hazards such as rugs and pets
  • Be aware of uneven floors
  • Consider using a slip proof mat in the bath and shower
  • Ensure lighting is sufficient to see
  • Wipe up spills straight away
  • Avoid walking on slippery floors in socks or tights
  • Don't rush to answer the door or telephone, consider getting a portable or mobile telephone

Feet and Footwear

  • Wear properly fitting shoes and slippers with non skid soles
  • Replace slippers and shoes that have stretched and are too loose
  • Look after your feet taking care to trim your toenails and see a chiropodist / podiatrist about any foot problems

Fall and Fracture Prevention Service

Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust provide a Falls and Fracture Prevention service, aimed at adults aged 60 and above who have fallen or experienced a fracture of hip, wrist or vertebrae in the past 12 months. 

Last updated: 6/18/2020

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