Adjust your home to prevent falls
Every day in the United States 5,000 adults age 65 and above are hospitalized due to fall-related injuries. But falls are not a normal part of aging — they can be prevented.
Common fall risks include: having fallen before, balance problems or problems walking, muscle weakness, arthritis, depression, memory problems, hazards in the home, taking many medications and vision problems.
Older adults, caregivers and healthcare providers can work together to reduce the risk of falling and prevent devastating injuries.
Here are simple things you can do to keep yourself from falling and to stay independent longer:
Talk to your healthcare providers
- Tell your doctor if you have fallen, if you feel unsteady when standing or walking, or if you’re afraid you might fall.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines to see if any might increase your risk of falling.
- Ask your doctor about health conditions (like depression or osteoporosis) that can increase your risk for falling.
- Ask your doctor to check your eyes at least once a year and update lenses as needed.
Make your home safer
- Get rid of trip hazards.
- Keep floors clutter-free.
- Add grab bars in the bathroom. Have handrails and lights installed on all staircases.
- Do exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance (like Tai Chi).
For more information and tips, visit cdc.gov/steadi.