Did you know falls account for 87% of all fractures among people over the age of 65? Moreover, falls are the second leading cause of spinal cord and brain injury, and half of all elderly adults (over the age of 65) hospitalized for hip fractures have trouble living independently after the fracture? With statistics like that you can see why fall prevention is so important to Indianapolis home health and hospice specialists.
Paradigm Living Concepts, Indianapolis’ Home Health and Hospice Specialist, Talks Fall Prevention
September is national fall prevention month. The 9th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22, 2016. This year’s theme is Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016. The Paradigm Living Concepts team, Indianapolis’ home health and hospice specialist, knows most falls are preventable and wants to help all of Central Indiana reduce their fall risk.
Falls can happen at any age and for a number of reasons, but the risk of falling does increase with age. Additionally, as you age, it becomes harder to recover and falls become more dangerous to your overall health. What are common risks for falling?
Risks that may make falls more likely:
Weakened bone and/or muscle, especially if dealing with osteoporosis
Vision or hearing problems
Prescription medications that affect balance and coordination
Did you know you can proactively make your environment, both inside and outside, safer and reduce your risk for falls? By making simple changes in your daily life, fall risks can be greatly reduced.
Helpful tips for fall prevention:
Add nightlights to your home
Keep floors free of clutter
Add sturdy handrails to stairwells
Add a grab bar near tubs, showers and toilets
Gripper bath mats in tubs and showers
Keep frequently used items in cabinets that are easily reached
Wear appropriate shoes with support and non-slip soles
Add stability with a cane or walker
Be aware of polished, slippery or wet floors
Check curb height before stepping down
For further information on preventing falls and to view the 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall video from the National Council on Aging, click here.
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Paradigm Living Concepts offers a unique combination of premier Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care services to Central Indiana. We're proud to be Hoosiers caring for Hoosiers working with local families to maintain and maximize quality of life through compassionate caregiving in a personal setting. Learn more from our founder Jeff Jarecki.