Keeping on your feet in hospital
Important advice for
patients on avoiding falls
It’s surprisingly easy to fall or slip while in hospital. It’s an
unfamiliar environment. Medication or fatigue may affect
your balance. Or you may not be as fit or as steady on your
feet as you normally are. That’s why we ask you to take
particular care when standing or moving about.
Because your safety and well-being are important to us,
this brochure describes a few ways you can reduce the risk
of a fall.
Pain-relieving drugs or other medication can make you
feel dizzy, as can changes to your medication. Always take
special care when walking or getting to your feet.
Make sure you know the layout of your room and where
the furniture is. Take particular care if moving around at
night and ensure you have the lights on.
Tiled floors, lino or other hard surfaces can be slippery,
particularly if wet or when you are wearing certain kinds
of footwear. Check the floors in your area and avoid using
talcum powder whenever possible.
Ask your doctor or nursing staff to fully explain your
condition so you know if you should ask for help with
standing or walking.
Your physiotherapist or occupational therapist can also give
you advice with balance or mobility.
Visiting the bathroom.
You may need to use the toilet unexpectedly or more often
than usual while in hospital. If you need help, or think you
may need to visit the toilet more frequently, please ask
the nurses. They are here to help you feel as comfortable
Loose or full-length clothing like pyjamas or dressing gowns
can cause you to trip and fall. Make sure these are the right
length for you.
Check that your slippers or other footwear fit securely. If
your doctor has asked you to wear pressure stockings, it is a
good Idea to wear slippers over the top so you don’t slip.
Always remember that your condition may reduce
your ability to stand or move freely.
Help us to care for you by taking extra care
If you need help, please call one of our nurses.