The list includes questions on exercise, medication, home safety and what to do after experiencing a fall, which can be used as a useful prompt during consultations and act as a way of raising awareness of the risk of falls among older people, and the role general practitioners can play in preventing falls.
- Am I taking any medicines that will make me sleepy, dizzy, or lightheaded?
- Are there exercises I can do to make me stronger or improve my balance to help prevent falls?
- Where in my home do I need to make sure there is enough light?
- How can I make my bathroom safer? Do I need a shower chair? Do I need a raised toilet seat? Do I need help when I take a shower or bath?
- Do I need bars on the walls in the shower, by the toilet, or in the hallways?
- Should I use a cane or a walker?
- What should I do if I fall? How can I keep my phone near me?