Falls Prevention

Joseph Brant Hospital is committed to preventing and minimizing injury from falls in hospital. We create an individualized care plan that reflects each patient's unique needs. 

Risks (ABCs)

  • Age over 85
  • Bone disorders
  • Coagulation disorders
  • Surgery (specifically, chest or abdominal surgery or lower limb amputation)

Prevention

In Hospital

  • Education
  • Accessible Call System 
  • Accessible personal effects
  • Accessible walking aids and commodes 
  • Non-slip socks and footwear
  • Encouraged activity
  • Slow movements and transitions

Optional Additional Measures

  • Physical identifiers
    • Star magnet on your CARE Board
    • Yellow wristband t
  • Scheduled trips to the bathroom
  • Help with getting out bed
  • Increased supervision
  • Bed and chair alarms 
  • Nutrition consult with Dietitian
  • Review of medications with Pharmacist

At Home

  • Eat healthy and well-balanced meals.
  • Take medications as prescribed.
  • Consider taking a supplement of Vitamin D (at least 800 IU/day).
  • Ensure you have adequate lighting, especially at night.
  • Remove tripping hazards in your home.
  • Use recommended walking aids.
  • Participate in regular physical activity.

Reducing Injury

  • Keep the bed at an appropriate height for your level of mobility.
  • Use floor cushion(s) at your beside at night.
  • Use hip protectors. Purchased undergarments with hip padding.

Resources

There are free Exercise & Fall Prevention classes in the community to help keep you strong and prevent falls. Contact the Hamilton North Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN) for information and services near you. 

HNHB LHIN
T: 1 (800) 8100
E: www.hnhblhin.on.ca

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