According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor.1 Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.2
Many falls do not cause injuries. But one out of five falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury.3,4 These injuries can make it hard for a person to get around, do everyday activities, or live on their own. Read the full article here
- 1 in 3 seniors fall each year
- 60% of falls occur at home
- For people 65+ falls are the leading cause of injury
- Women are more at risk for falls than men
Research has identified many conditions that contribute to falling. These are called risk factors. Many risk factors can be changed or modified to help prevent falls. Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling. Healthcare providers can help cut down a person’s risk by reducing the fall risk factors.
- Chronic illness
- Older than 85
- A history of previous falls
- Lack of activity/exercise
Fall Prevention at Home
- Clear pathways of furniture and clutter
- Remove rugs and/or secure edges
- Don’t use floor wax products
- Remove objects from stairs and repair steps/railing when needed
- Wear non-slip shoes
- Hem pants so that they do not touch the floor
- Wear an alarm or whistle
- In bathrooms use grab bars and non-slip rubber mats on shower floor
- Maintain good lighting inside and outside of the home
Many home health care providers can do a home safety assessment for clients to identify fall hazards in and around the home. They can assist in remediating the risk for falls. Doctors can also work with patients on medications and nutrition guidelines to reduce the risk of accidental falls. Whole Life Home Care provides free in-home safety assessments. Debbie, our Director of Client Services, can arrive at your home and evaluate your risks and provide assistance and direction to make changes in your home.
- Stevens JA, Ballesteros MF, Mack KA, Rudd RA, DeCaro E, Adler G. Gender differences in seeking care for falls in the aged Medicare Population. Am J Prev Med 2012;43:59–62.
- O’Loughlin J et al. Incidence of and risk factors for falls and injurious falls among the community-dwelling elderly. American journal of epidemiology, 1993, 137:342-54.
- Alexander BH, Rivara FP, Wolf ME. The cost and frequency of hospitalization for fall–related injuries in older adults. American Journal of Public Health 1992;82(7):1020–3.
- Sterling DA, O’Connor JA, Bonadies J. Geriatric falls: injury severity is high and dispr