Tips to prevent falls

According to figures, as of the age of 65, an average of 1 in 3 people falls. From 80 years onwards, this is even 1 in 2. But falling is not only related to age. Both during a consultation and a hospital admission, there are points of attention to prevent falls. The following tips can help you.
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Use care aids, let yourself be escorted

If you are less mobile, make sure you are escorted to the hospital. 

If possible bring your waking aid. 

The hospital has wheelchairs at its disposal you and your escort can use. 

Wear the right footwear and clothes

  • Make sure you wear firm and closed footwear when you come to the hospital. 
  • Avoid shoes with a smooth sole or heel.
  • Avoid walking around barefoot or on socks.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that doesn't drag on the floor.

Be careful with medication

Let us know if you have trouble hearing or seeing

Make sure to bring your glasses and your hearing aid to the hospital and use these.

Prevent dizziness

If you have been in bed, or on an examination table for a long time, you have a greater risk for dizziness.

Tips to prevent dizziness:

  • Get up slowly and sit on the edge of the bed or the examination table for a little while.
  • Always lean forward when standing up.
  • Avoid sudden movements.
  • Tell the care provider about dizziness.

Put everything within reach and don't leave anything lying around

Don't leave anything lying around that you can trip or slip on. 

Report dangerous situations

Tell the nurse or any other care provider about dangerous situations that could cause a fall, such as wet or slippery floors, loose carpets, uneven floors, defective lighting etc.


Consult the fall prevention leaflet when you are admitted.

  • Let the nurse know if you have problems hearing or seeing.
  • Keep your personal equipment close by.
  • Keep the nurse call system close at hand. 
  • Don't take any medication during your stay that your physician or nurse is unaware of.
  • Get up slowly to avoid dizziness.
  • Don't walk around barefoot or on socks.
  • Make sure your clothes do not drag on the floor.
  • Don't leave anything lying around that you can trip or slip on. 
  • If necessary, use a walking aid such as crutches or a walking frame when walking around. 
  • Are walking with an IV stand? Make sure you do not trip on the legs that stick out. 
  • For equipment on wheels, always make sure the brake on. 
  • Ask for help if you feel unsure about walking.
  • Report dangerous situations that could cause a fall. 
  • Some wards use pictograms that show how to best help you during transfers. Feel free to ask your care provider for more information.
Last edit: 7 May 2020