Contact the Geriatric Fracture Care Team
Do you have any questions or concerns? You have a few options:
7:00 am – 3:00 pm weekdays:
Call our fracture Nurse Practitioner at
Emergencies 3:00 pm – 7:00 am (nights, weekends and holidays): Call our Pager at (617) 280-9956
Anytime, any day: Email your question to: fractureMGH@partners.org
Tips on how to set-up your home and bathroom to prevent falls.
Exercise for improved bone strength and balance
- Weight bearing exercise such as walking.
- Balance training such as Tai Chi and upper body strengthening exercises.
Get enough calcium and vitamin D
- 1200 mg of calcium daily.
- 1000 to 2000 international units of vitamin D a day.
- Always check with your doctor or nurse practitioner before starting to take calcium or vitamin D.
Check your eyes at least yearly
- Have an eye exam yearly.
- If you have diabetes or eye disease you may need more frequent exams.
Watch your medications
- Feeling weak and dizzy are possible side effects of many medications and can increase your risk of falling.
- Talk to your doctor about side effects caused by your medications.
- Do not start and stop medications, except under your doctor’s direction.
Avoid smoking or excessive drinking
- Smoking and alcohol consumption can reduce bone strength.
- Drinking too much alcohol can impair your balance.
- Wear properly-fitting shoes with non-skid soles.
- Replace slippers that have stretched out of shape and are too loose.
- Use a long handled shoehorn if you have trouble putting on your shoes.
Fall Prevention at Home
- Remove all loose wires, cords, and throw rugs. Minimize clutter. Make sure rugs are anchored and smooth. Keep furniture in its usual place.
- Install grab bars and non-skid tape in the tub or shower.
- Install non-skid rubber mats near sink and stove. Clean spills right away.
- Make sure halls, stairways, and entrances are well lit. Install a night light in your bathroom. Turn lights on if you get up in the middle of the night.
- Make sure treads, rails, and rugs are secure.
- Place a lamp, telephone and flashlight near your bed.