Fall Prevention Resources for Caregivers
Caregivers can play an important role in preventing falls among older adults because they are often the first to see potential problems. They can help older adults address risk factors and talk with their health care providers.
How You Can Help Prevent a Fall
- Address a fear of falling. Fear of falling is common and can increase fall risk. Work with your family member/friend to fill out a self-assessment (PDF) of their fall risk. It will help you to understand their level of worry and discuss this with their doctor.
- Check-in regularly with your family member/friend. Calling or checking in daily can help an older adult prepare and stay safe if a fall occurs.
- Participate in appointments with your family member/friend’s health care providers. Review the National Institutes of Health Talking with Your Doctor web page for tips on how to get the most out of doctor visits.
- Help your family member/friend discuss sensitive issues with the doctor. An older adult may have difficulty discussing certain issues with their doctor, including depression, stress, incontinence, fear and alcohol use. These are important issues in developing a falls prevention plan.
- Make their home safer. Read How to Prevent Falls: A Home Safety Checklist (PDF) with your family member/friend, and find and fix fall hazards in the home.
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