Retirement Living Staff
When is the best time to focus on fall prevention? Before you fall.
With healthcare costs from falling injuries on the rise, we took a look at fall prevention, and we were surprised at what we discovered. The best way to tell about the epidemic of falling injuries is with data. And before you conclude you aren’t at risk, consider a few points from the most recent data available from the CDC. Among seniors 65+:
In many cases, a fall injury can take a senior off their feet for months, and turn a reasonably healthy person’s life around – permanently. And although anyone can trip and fall, there are several prominent factors that increase the risk of a fall. Take note, the most common factors include:
Many retirement communities and other senior housing facilities have worked to reduce the environmental risk factors of falling. But be advised – the home isn’t the only place where you may be injured.
Traveling is inherently risky, especially if you’re living in a cold climate with lots of ice and snow, where you’re at increased risk. The same goes for seniors who need to move a lot for work, and those who need to go up and down stairs. While there’s certainly plenty of cause for alarm, don’t be too discouraged.
Fortunately, most falls are preventable, according to this guide for fall prevention from the CDC. Our advice is to do everything you can take steps to reduce the likeliness of a fall, even if you feel like you aren’t at risk. These remedies include talking to your doctor about the medication you’re taking, finding ways to (re)strengthen your body, getting new glasses often and making your home a safer place.
Whether you or a loved one is at risk, follow these 5 practical steps to reduce the risk of falling:
If you’re at especially high risk, consider buying a medical alert system. These devices can be worn as either a bracelet or a necklace and can be configured to call for help in the event someone is injured in a fall.