1 Jan 2022

Fall Prevention– What Can You Do?


Lifestyle and Home Setting


  • Go for annual health check for eyes, hearing, heart and blood pressure
  • Do regular medication review with your doctor as some medicines could make you feel dizzy or sleepy
  • Join regular exercise programs, g. Tai Chi, which can help improve balance and coordination
  • Use walking aid properly
  • Increase the intake of calcium and vitamin D which are important for healthy bones. Most of us are not getting enough in our diet
  • Make your home safer by removing things you might trip over e.g. shoes
  • Wear non-slip, well-fitting shoes
  • Install grip bars on bathroom walls and use rubber mat on bathroom floor
  • Improve the lighting at home


  • Do not smoke
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Do not stand on chairs to reach upper cabinets
  • Do not wear loosely fitting slippers or high heels
  • Do not run extension cords across pathways
  • Do not store heavy items in higher cupboards


During Your Out-Patient Department Stay


  • Call medical staff for assistance if you feel weak or dizzy
  • Make sure you feel steady (no weakness and dizzy) before walking
  • Place your walking aid and glasses within reach
  • Sit upright for a few moments on the edge of the bed before getting up from chair or bed
  • Do some simple leg exercise before getting up after staying in the same position for a long period of time
  • Get up from chair or bed slowly
  • Use call bell to call for assistance if needed (call bell provided by nurse or inside the toilet)
  • Share information on any previous falls or medication that you are taking with us


  • Do not use movable furniture to help you get up
  • Don’t be shy to call for help. We are willing to assist you.


If you have any query, please call 36518888.