Senior Care: Fall Prevention Guide

Fall prevention facts

1)            Falls are the number  one cause of injuries to seniors and older adults

2)            One out of four older people falls each year

3)            One out of five falls results in a serious injury such as broken bones or head trauma

4)            Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.           

5)            Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture

Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling.


Fall Prevention Tips

1)      Stay Active-Physical Activity such as walking, water workouts or tai chi can help to improve strength, coordination and balance reducing the chances of falling.

2)      Footwear-Slippers, socks or shoes with poor grip can increase occurrences of fall.  Wear properly fitted shoes to increase balance.

3)      Remove home hazards-Make sure rugs are secure and remove clutter from walkways and high traffic areas.  Use nonslip mats in shower or bathtub and consider installing grab bars in the bathroom.

4)      Keep living area well lit-Make sure your home is well lit to avoid tripping on objects that are hard to see.  Add night lights to walkways.

5)      Medication side effects-Some drugs may make you feel dizzy or tired increasing chances for a fall.  If medications cause unsteadiness let your doctor know.


 3 Questions to Ask Your Older Adult Parents

Have you fallen in the past year?

Do you feel unsteady when standing or walking?

Do you worry about falling?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, they are considered at increased risk of falling. Further assessment is recommended.

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Used with permission of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, all rights reserved.