Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Falls are a special concern for women and men with osteopenia -- mild thinning of the bones -- and osteoporosis, severely thin bones. When bones thin, or lose density, they can become weak to the point that they may fracture. So even a minor fall can be dangerous.

Since osteopenia and osteoporosis come with age, you may face a number of factors that contribute to falls. When determining the changes you need to make in your home, consider what health issues you have that may increase your risk for falls. Do you take medications that may increase your risk for falls? If so, talk to your doctor about adjusting your medication, if possible.

Falls are not inevitable. At least one-third of all falls among older adults involve hazards in the home. By practicing home safety, you're taking an important step toward avoiding falls due to dangers like tripping, bad lighting, unsecured throw rugs, or wobbly furniture.

The important thing is not to wait until you’ve fallen to make changes in your home environment. Try these 21 tips now to avoid falls and feel safe at home.

Preventing Falls In the Bathroom

Bathroom falls are likely to lead to serious injuries. The potential hazards in bathrooms are many: the floors get wet and slippery, getting in and out of bathtubs can be risky, there’s not much room to maneuver, and bathroom doors often open in, making it easier to get trapped if you fall.

Try the following to avoid falls in your bathroom.

1. Install grab bars. A walk-in shower is ideal, but if you don’t have one or can’t afford to install one, put in one grab bar to get into the tub and then at least one or two others for balance while bathing or showering. If you're concerned grab bars will give your home an institutional look, don't be. "Grab bars now come in all kinds of colors and materials, so you can tailor them to fit into your decor and look residential,” says Jon Pynoos, PhD, co-director of the Fall Prevention Center at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.