Preventing falls

Barwon Health is committed to reducing the risk of falls and improving safety for consumers. Simple factors such as being in an unfamiliar environment, medication and surgery means consumers have a higher risk of having a fall while in hospital than they do at home.

Top tips for preventing falls whilst staying in hospital

1. Bring your usual walking aid for example a stick or a frame and if you are unable to bring it by ambulance ask your family or a friend to bring it.

2. Bring a pair of shoes that fit properly and are fully enclosed.

3. Wear comfortable clothing that fits well and is easy to move in.

4. Wear your glasses and/or hearing aids at all times.

5. Remember it is 'OK to call' and ask for help. Most falls that occur in hospital happen when people try to get up to go to the toilet by themselves.

Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.