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Patients & Visitors - Patient & Visitor Safety - Preventing Falls While in Hospital



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Your health condition, medications and time spent in bed may decrease your balance and strength while in hospital. These safety tips will help to minimize your risk of falling.

 

While in-hospital please:

  • Always wear proper footwear by wearing non-skid slippers, supportive walking shoes or runners.
  • Make sure the call bell at your bedside is within easy reach
  • Let your health care team know if you need to use the bathroom often or in a hurry. Use a urinal or bedside commode if this is easier for you. 
  • Keep items within easy reach. Overreaching for the phone or bending down to the fl oor for your slippers, increases the risk of falls.
  • Minimize clutter in your room 
  • Wear your glasses, if you require them to see better
  • Ask for help when moving to or from bed and chair
  • Lock your wheelchair brakes
  • Use gait aids prescribed for you such as a walker or cane for walking.

A word about confusion:

If you or your loved one is having trouble concentrating or remembering things, please let a staff member know. There may be reasons why this could be happening, any of which may contribute to a fall.

Mackenzie Health / 10 Trench St. Richmond Hill, On. L4C 4Z3 / Richmond Hill Line: 905-883-1212 or Vaughan Line: 905-832-4554 / TTY Service: 905-883-2123