Fall Prevention and Fractures

Falls are the most common cause of a fracture.

Did you know?

Falling is a very serious health problem. It is very important that you take steps to prevent falls. Having osteoporosis means you are more likely to break a bone if you fall.


Are you at risk of falling?

Answer these questions once a year to see if you are at risk of falling:

  • Have you had a fall or falls within the past 12 months?
  • Have you experienced a near fall within the past 3 months?
  • Do you have a fear of falling?
  • Do you need to use the arm rest to get up from your chair?
  • Do you have other health conditions that can cause you to fall? (Examples: Parkinson’s, stroke, hypertension, arthritis)

Did you know?

Near falls are more common than falls. A near fall is when you suddenly sit down or when you fall against a wall. It is important to tell your health professional if you have had a near fall as this may predict a fall in the future.

Talk to your health professional if you have answered yes to any of these questions - you may be at risk of falling.

Here are some fall prevention tips:

    • Have vision and hearing checked regularly
    • Use non-skid mats, install grab bars, hand-held shower in bathroom
    • Ensure you have lots of space to move around, remove clutter, throw rugs (they can be slippery), ensure cords are not a trip hazard
    • Use assistive devices as necessary
    • Stay physically active
    • Wear good supportive footwear
Portrait Of Senior Couple In Park

Falls and Fractures

  • One out of three people over the age of 65 fall each year
  • By the time they reach 80 years old, half of these people will fall
  • One fall increases the risk of another fall
  • 95% of hip fractures in those over 65 result from  a fall

Falls Prevention Safety Checklist

Use this checklist to see if there are changes you can make in and around your home to prevent falls. By making your home safer, you can live independently for as long as possible.

Take Charge: Make Your Home Safer Now

Review this list to make an action plan. What small changes are easy to do right away? What changes will you need help with? Where can you find help?