Home Adult social care and health Help in your own home Preventing falls Falls can have a serious effect on your health and wellbeing, here are some top tips to help prevent falls. 1. Look after your feetMake sure your shoes/slippers hold your foot firmly in place, and avoid narrow heels, open backs or worn-out solesSee a podiatrist if your feet are painful2. Stay WellKeep eating healthily, and don’t go for long periods between mealsDrink enough water – a safe range to aim for is about 3 pints total per day (4 pints in hot weather or when actively exercising) which includes all drinks takenAlways take your medicines on time and as prescribed. Are one of the side effects of these dizziness/light headedness, disturbed balance or drowsiness?Be aware of changing weather conditions3. Look after your eyesHave your eyes tested regularly (every two years if under 70, annually thereafter) – it’s free if you’re over 65Look after your glasses, and clean them often4. Stay active, stay steadyTry to keep doing little things every day, it will help you maintain balance and muscle strengthContinue with any exercises you have been advised to do5. Look after your homeLook out for hazards:Worn floor coverings, or curled up edges of mats/rugsTripping hazards – including clutter, trailing cables, dark coloured petsPoor lighting – on the stairs or at night near the bathroomLow beds and chairs – make getting up a struggleSlippy floors in kitchens and bathroomsKeep your home warmFor further information visit NHS choices Help us improve this page Hide content Was this page helpful? Yes It was helpful, but Please select a reasonthere's a broken link it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other No Please select a reasonit didn't answer my question it's not detailed enough it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other Details Email address We’ll only use this to ask for more detail if we need to.