From Ottawa Public Health
November 2023 - Fall Prevention Month
November is Fall Prevention Month
Each year, all members of the community are encouraged to learn more and do more to prevent falls and fall-related injuries. Falls can have serious consequences for older adults, children and their caregivers, but with the right knowledge and precautions, many falls can be prevented.
Below are some tips for individuals of all ages to reduce their risk of falling, fostering a safer community for everyone.
For older adults:
· Stay active: engaging in regular physical activity is critical in preventing falls. Visit Be active for some resources to help you move, build strength, and challenge your balance.
· Medication management: consult with your healthcare provider to review your medications. Some medications can cause dizziness or drowsiness, increasing the risk of falls. Have a MedsCheck review with your pharmacist every year.
· Home safety: make your home fall-proof by removing tripping hazards, like loose rugs and clutter, and installing handrails in bathrooms and stairways.
· Eye and hearing check: regular check-ups are essential, poor vision and hearing can significantly contribute to falls.
· Footwear: wear sturdy, well-fitting shoes with non-slip soles both indoors and outdoors.
· Supervision: children require constant supervision, especially when they are playing near stairs, balconies, or other potential fall hazards. Keep a hand on your baby at all times when they are on a raised surface such as a changing table, bed, or sofa. Always place car seats and baby seats on the floor and not on furniture.
· Childproofing: ensure your home is childproofed, with safety gates, window locks and soft-landing surfaces in play areas. Keep furniture away from windows and balcony doors. Remove clutter and tripping hazards from stairs and high traffic areas.
· Sports safety: if your child is involved in sports or activities, make sure they wear the necessary safety gear, such as helmets and pads.
For all ages:
· Nutrition: Follow Canada’s food guide and eat a variety of foods each day to ensure that your body gets the nutrients it needs to maintain strength and energy.
For more information on preventing falls:
If you are concerned about a loved one and want to learn how to prevent older adult falls, do this 20-minute online module.
Most falls are preventable, we all have a role to play to build a safer and healthier community for all!