Fall Prevention: Tips and Information
Every day in the US an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and death from injuries among older Americans. In 2014 alone, older Americans experienced 29 million falls causing seven million injuries and costing an estimated $31 billion in annual Medicare costs, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With more than 10,000 older Americans turning 65 each day, the number of fall related injuries and deaths is expected to surge, resulting in cost increases unless preventative measures are taken.
Things to Consider:
Do you take multiple medications daily? - multiple medications can cause dizziness and/or balance problems. Have all of your medications reviewed by a doctor or a pharmacist at least once a year.
Have you or a family member noticed a change in your hearing? – Dizziness can occur with hearing loss. Set up an appointment to have your hearing checked.
Have you or your loved ones noticed any changes in your vision? – Seeing obstacles is the first step in avoiding a fall. Keep your glasses clean and have your eyes examined at least once a year.
Do you wear floppy slippers or a long bathrobe? -Wear well-fitting slippers with non-skid soles and avoid clothing that drags on the ground. Keep your robe tied to prevent it getting caught.
Do you have stairs without rails? Is there a clear and visible pathway? – Objects and throw rugs on stairs or landing can increase the risk of falling. Make sure there are railings to hold onto when going down the stairs.
Are you picking up objects from the floor? – Plan ahead. Move the object close to something sturdy so you’re able to balance yourself while picking up the object.
Are falls happening in the bathroom? – Add grab bars to the walls or use a tub seat to assist with bathing. Non-skid tub mats and a hand held shower head can be useful.
Visiting Angels of Frederick County Maryland can address the issues that are important to you and your family. A Visiting Angels caregiver can help with ambulation, transportation to and from doctors’ appointments, making minor changes to the house to improve safety and much more. The safety and security of seniors is our first concern at Visiting Angels, call today!