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Your Guide After a Hip Fracture (Breaking a Hip)

Tips for a safe home

If you broke your hip after a fall, it’s important to look at ways to prevent another fall.

Tips to prevent slips, trips and falls at home


Credit: Mount Nittany Health System

  1. Add a firm pillow to a low chair.
  2. Install a rail along one side of the staircase.
  3. Wear rubber-soled shoes to prevent slipping.
  4. Watch for small pets or objects on the floor.
  5. Remove throw rugs.
  6. Move electrical cords out of the way.
  7. Use a cart to move items.
  8. Keep items you use often within easy reach.

Tips to prevent slips, trips and falls in your bathroom


Credit: Mount Nittany Health System

  1. Install grab bars in your shower or tub for support as you get in and out.
  2. Sit on a bath bench or shower chair while you bathe.
  3. Use a commode chair or raised toilet seat.
  4. Use a rubber-backed bathroom mat to help keep the floor dry.
  5. Use a long-handled sponge to wash hard-to-reach areas.
  6. Install a hand-held shower head for easier bathing.

To learn more about your risk of falling and how to prevent another fall, read Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls.

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