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Fall Prevention Statistics and Tips | Generations Home Care

Did you know?

  • Falls are the leading cause of death in people over the age of 65.
  • A third of people over 65 years of age, and one half of people aged over 80 years have a fall at least once a year.
  • Some of these people have multiple falls.
  • One third of these falls require some medical attention.
  • Half of all falls happen in and around the home.

Fear of falling leads to decreased ability to walk safely. Falls can contribute to depression, feelings of helplessness and social isolation. A few simple steps can reduce your risk of falling. Most changes are easy and inexpensive and could save your life.
Living and Dining Room Tips:

  1. Arrange furniture for ease of movement.
  2. Remove caster wheels.
  3. Use TV remotes and cordless phones

Kitchen Tips:

  1. Keep commonly used items within reach.
  2. Don’t use floor polish.
  3. Keep appliance cords out of the way.

Bathroom Tips:

  1. Install grab bar and handheld shower head.
  2. Wash with wall-mounted soap dispenser.
  3. Purchase non-slip mats or carpet
  4. Use raised toilet seat.

Stairs and Pathway Tips:

  1. Keep free of clutter.
  2. Secure carpet.
  3. Install handrails.
  4. Apply bright-colored tape to steps.
  5. Have adequate lighting.

Wellness Tips:

  1. Eat and drink sufficient calcium.
  2. Get sufficient Vitamin D to enhance calcium absorption.
  3. Exercise regularly to increase muscle and bone strength.
  4. Get a Medical Alert System.
  5. 5Don’t forget medical check-ups that include: vital signs, mental status, musculoskeletal, neurologic, vision, hearing, cardiac, proprioception, and gait & balance.

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About the author - Bill McKusick

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