What are the Risk Factors for Falls?
There is no “one cause” for falls, but there are risk factors that you can use to help understand your risk. Falling is a common occurrence that can have devastating impacts on you and your loved ones.
Our online evaluation is only a guide. If you answer “yes” to 4 or more questions, you should talk to a trained professional to discuss your results and evaluate your risk of falling.
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Are You at Risk of Falling?
Have you fallen in the past year?
Unfortunately, if you’ve fallen once, you’re more likely to have a second or third fall. It’s important to seek help before your next accident.
Have you been advised to use a walker or cane to get around safely?
If you’ve been advised to use a cane or walker it’s likely others have noticed your balance issues, even if you haven’t.
Do you ever feel unsteady when walking?
A common sign of poor balance is needing support, or feeling like you need support while walking.
Do you steady yourself by holding onto furniture when walking at home?
In your own home, you should feel comfortable and confident when walking. It’s a sign of poor balance if you’re holding onto furniture.
Do you worry about falling?
Studies show that people who are worried about falling are more likely to fall.
Do you need to push with your hands to stand up from a chair?
This is commonly a sign of weak leg muscles and a major contributing factor for falls.
Do you have trouble stepping up onto a curb?
Struggling when taking these steps is another sign of weak leg muscles.
Do you often have to rush to the toilet?
Rushing anywhere, but particularly to the bathroom, increases your chance of falling. The risk increases if you’re trying to use the restroom at night.
Have you lost some feeling in your feet?
This can be difficult to detect on your own, but numbness in your feet can cause stumbles and lead to falls.
Do you take medicine that sometimes makes you feel light-headed or more tired than usual?
The side effects of medicines can sometimes increase your chance of falling. It’s important to communicate any prescriptions you take to our staff.
Do you take medicine to help with sleep or improve your mood?
These medicines can sometimes impact your ability to balance and increase your chance of falling.
Do you often feel sad or depressed?
Symptoms of depression are linked to falls. Even something as simple as not feeling well or feeling slowed down can increase your risk of falling.