DIY your own Fall Prevention Bingo Game (or save the hassle & print some off for free!) to use during your Occupational therapy treatment or group sessions | #OTtreatmentideas #homehealthOT #SNFOT #neuroOT

How to Make Your Own Fall Prevention Bingo Game

By Shannen Marie Coley, MS, OTR/L

As established in our previous article on this topic, “5 Reasons to Play Fall Prevention Bingo in OT,” there are many reasons to incorporate both safety education and engaging fun into your occupational therapy treatment sessions with your adult patients of various stories, backgrounds, and abilities.

Bingo is familiar to our adult patients and unfortunately so are falls within this community.  The goal of this second article is to provide you with the “How to” create this multipurpose fall prevention bingo game intervention to add to your OT treatment toolkit.

*NOTE: There are many ways to adapt this game to meet the needs of your patients so do not be afraid to get creative!

DIY your own Fall Prevention Bingo Game (or save the hassle & print some off for free!) | #OTtreatmentideas #homehealthOT #SNFOT #neuroOT


  • Set of bingo chips (or you can use checker pieces or other small circular pieces) to use to mark the correct called out answer
  • Another option is to use dry erase markers on laminated bingo card sheets (very useful in the event you are working with a patient who for example is recovering from a CVA and has the goal of being able to sign his name on checks – use the filling in the bingo circle by coloring as a medium to work on grasp patterns for writing)
  • Bingo Call Out Card (for you the practitioner)
  • Bingo Cards for each patient that is participating (either paper or laminated paper or supersized half poster sheet)
  • Miscellaneous items to keep handy to increase the individualized therapeutic factor such as high/low tables, dycem to help keep the laminated paper cards in place, dynamic foam surfaces for high physical functioning patients to stand on, etc.


Come up with a list of fall risk and fall prevention scenarios and questions.

  • You will read off the question, and the player(s) will be guided to process, discuss, and visually scan to “mark” the correct answer on his or her individual board.
    • Note: there are more questions and answers on the Bingo Caller Card versus on the Individual Bingo Cards in order to make the game slightly competitive and hopefully more fun.
  • If you choose to create your own rather than download these (above), you should take into consideration your patient’s cognitive level and attention span
    • i.e. Create questions that are concise and easier to remember rather than long and extensive for a patient who is lower level cognitively; conversely, if creating questions for an extremely high cognitive functioning patient you may consider asking complex safety questions related to fall prevention techniques to use during community mobility tasks, etc.

Print off your Bingo Cards or create your own.

  • There are many options to create your own. I used Microsoft Word and inserted a 5 x 5 table. From there type in your answers to the questions that you will call out. Make sure to change up the arrangement of the answers on the cards so that each player has unique cards. Add a FREE SPACE in the middle.
Fall Prevention Bingo Cards for Occupational Therapy Treatment and Groups

Download the entire pack of Fall Prevention Bingo Cards     (1 Calling Card and 4 Bingo Cards) in the Learning Lab

Adapt the cards to meet your patients’ needs.

  • Take into consideration of your patient’s needs. What do they need?
    • Choose a bigger, clear font.
    • Determine whether or not changing the background and font color will ease the ability for your patients to see the words. (If you are a member of the Learning Lab, download the low vision card in the Clinical Resource section)
    • Laminate the cards if desired.
    • Use a half sheet of a poster and draw 5 x 5 squares with answers inside if your patient is still having trouble seeing the board.
    • Determine what your patient should use to mark the answers.
      • Are they trying to improve their pincer grasp pattern for buttoning ADL purposes?
        • If yes than demonstrate to that patient using pincer grasp to pick up a small Checker’s chip to place onto the board.
      • Are they aspiring to work on their ability to write a check again?
        • Then provide that patient the opportunity to use a dry erase marker to mark their answers on the board while simultaneously and conscientiously working on handwriting and distal control. Determine how to grade up and grade down the physical demands of the task.

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Keep it fun!! This one doesn’t need further explanation. 🙂

I hope you enjoy these cards and are left with an idea to better equip your patients with fall prevention strategies (other than traditional patient handouts)!

About our guest blogger

Shannen Marie Coley, MS, OTR/L is an occupational therapist that is passionate about adult inpatient rehabilitation, patient wellness, professional development, advocacy, and occupational balance. She is an LSVT BIG certified clinician since 2018. Since graduating OT school in December 2016, Shannen has worked in the hospital and inpatient rehab settings serving adult patients of variable backgrounds, stories, and upbringings with a variety of neurological, cardiopulmonary, orthopedic diagnoses. Shannen enjoys writing and sharing tidbits of OT related stories on her blog and is active on Instagram (IG) @shannenmarie_ot. Shannen is married to her college sweetheart and they have one child - a six toed cat named Gravy.

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      Hi Jaclyn! Since you are a Lab member, the rest of the Fall Prevention Bingo cards are in the Lab. Login here and then look under the Resource Area -> Clinical Resources -> it is under the Fall Prevention/Balance Activities for you to download and print!

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