- People can fall in hospital at any age, but as you get older there is a higher risk of falling and of being injured from a fall.
- Falls can contribute to an older person’s decline and loss of independence.
- Always follow hospital staff advice about what you can do safely on your own.
- Ask for help if you need it or feel unsafe or unsteady on your feet.
- To prevent falls, don’t rush – take your time to slowly get up from lying to sitting, and then sitting to standing.
- Get your balance before moving away from the bed or chair.
- Be aware of the things around you, and watch for spills or objects in the way.
- If you do fall, keep calm and call for help.
Older people in hospital - Preventing falls
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