Patient was instructed on measures to prevent falls at home during daily activities. Do not try to carry too many things at the same time. Have a place near the door where it is possible to place packages and groceries while you close the door and get ready to put things away.
Patient instructed to lean on his/hers strongest knee at the time of getting up after a fall.
Caregiver and/or patient instructed to place a rubber mat or adhesive texture strips on the bottom of the bathtub and/or shower to prevent falls.
Patient and/or caregiver instructed to install grab bars in the bathtub. This simple procedure will prevent falls while the patient is in the bathtub and at the same time will provide additional support when she/he needs it.
Caregiver instructed to remove small area rugs and place non-slip treads on bare wood floors, steps and also at the top and bottom of the stairs to prevent falls.
Patient and caregiver instructed that in the event of a power outage flashlights and new batteries should be placed by their bedside.
Patient and/or caregiver instructed to clean any spilled or splashed grease on the kitchen floor immediately to prevent accidents.
Patient instructed to try to rotate his/her body to the side or sitting position in the event of a fall.
Patient instructed never to stop a fall with his/her hands or elbows. Should a fall occur always maintain elbows, wrists and knees bent to prevent injuries.
Patient instructed to breath deeply five or six times after experiencing a fall. In the event of any injuries do not try to get up, call 911 or a family member immediately for assistance.