Lets talk about Falls!
Healthcare professionals caring for older individuals understand the seriousness of falls and the impact on one’s quality of life. As a result of worrying about falls, individuals become less active due to the fear of falling, instead of taking action to prevent them. Let’s get in front of the problem because most falls are preventable!
Fall Prevention data…
- Did you know that 1 in 4 older adults fall each year?
- Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Falls are one of the top two reasons a person is admitted to a hospital.
- Taking more than 4 medications leads to a higher risk for falls. Medication mismanagement is a common problem and the second reason for hospitalizations in older adults.
How to prevent falls:
- Have your vision checked for cataracts, retina changes, or other aging eye problems that can cause loss of vision.
- Have someone help you with managing your medications to prevent medication errors.
- Do a safety check in your home. The two major causes for falls in the home are throw rugs and improper lighting. Remove the throw rugs, put night lights in each room.
- Improve your muscle tone and strength to help with balance. Join a fall prevention exercise program at your local senior center.
- Lastly, be confident in letting your loved one and your doctor know if you’re experiencing balance issues or falls.