Facts about falls:
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older adults, 65 years of age and older.
- Every 15 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall-related injury every.
- Falls often lead to older adults having less independence with the activities they enjoy performing each day and lead to fear of activities associated with a fear of falling.
This year, on the first day of fall, September 23, 2014, the 7th annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day will be observed throughout the United States. To raise awareness of this risk, Americans are being challenged to raise awareness and learn how to prevent fall related injuries among older adults in the United States.
Advanced Home Care wants you and your loved ones to be fall free! We have an easy tool to help you reduce the risk of falling at home. Click here to see how you can prevent falls at home. You can also find a simple check list to see if you are at Risk For Falling.
Here are easy ways to reduce the risk of falling:
- A physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components. (Check with your physician before beginning new activities.)
- Consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment.
- Having medications reviewed periodically.
- Getting eyes checked annually.
- Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive.
Having an annual hearing assessment.
Use the Prevent Falls At Home document to make your home safer. Print the Are You at Risk for Falling document and share any concerns with your physician. Ask your healthcare provider to see if the Otago Program is right for you.
Advanced Home Care wants you to be Fall Free!