Fall Prevention in the Elderly
Falls are a main reason why many older adults lose their independence.
In addition to causing a physical injury, falls can impact a person emotionally and socially. Bottom line, a fall can significantly change a person’s quality of life. Unfortunately, the fear of falling often causes older adults to avoid leaving the house, decline social invitations, and miss important family functions. This behavior can lead to feelings of anxiety, loneliness, social isolation, sadness and depression.
Falls Are Life-Changing
- Every year, one in three older adults fall and one in five sustain a serious injury such as a broken hip, fracture, concussion, and other injuries
- Those who fall once are more likely to fall again
- Over 800,000 persons are hospitalized for falls each year
- Recovery from injuries, including hip fractures, can take up to a year in a long-term care facility and many people who fall never go home again
Fall Prevention: Our Commitment
Falls are usually caused by one or more risk factors. A risk factor is something that increases a persons chances of falling. Risk factors may be linked to a physical condition, a medical problem, or the home environment. Arthritis, poor eyesight, taking multiple medications, dehydration, and lack of grab bars in the bath tub are a few examples of risk of falling. By identifying and addressing risk factors promptly, many falls can be prevented.
Elderly fall prevention continues to be a considerable challenge, especially for those who don’t use a cane or walker. Our commitment to invest in educating older adults, their families, caregivers, and service providers about ways to reduce falls is crucial for the ongoing quality of life of our client’s.
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