Simple Tips to Prevent Falls:

  1. Remove clutter and tripping hazards. Remove anything that may cause you to trip – throw rugs, cords or cables, boxes, newspapers, spilled liquids etc.
  2. Install grab bars and handrails. This is especially important on stairs and in bathrooms.
  3. Ensure adequate lighting. Brighter light bulbs will help as well as night-lights for better visibility at night.
  4. Wear stable footwear. Ensure that shoes, socks or slippers have non-slip soles.
  5. Be observant of your surroundings and slow down if necessary.
  6. Medication review. Make an appointment with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure your medications are not increasing your risk of falling.
  7. Keep moving. Physical activity approved by your doctor will reduce the risk of falls by improving strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.
The Barrie and Community Family Health Team offers a Bone Health & Fracture Prevention Information Session that covers topics including:
  • Osteoporosis – What is it?
  • Increased Risk of Fracture
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition and Diet
  • Medications and Supplements
  • Goal Setting and Self Management

Click the Info Sessions tab above, then Bone Health to learn more about how this class can help reduce your risk of falling.

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