As a person caring for aging adults, preventing any senior fall is one of your top concerns.
Millions of adults aged 65 and older experience injuries caused by falling each year. Fall incidents cause severe injury and even death.
Each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries and at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures annually according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The truth of the matter is, more than 1 out of 4 older people fall each year, and less than half of them tell their doctor.
Reporting of senior fall is very much important even if no injury is sustained.
A fall can indicate signs of other health issues in seniors such as weaken muscles strength, blurry vision, dizziness and many more. Another reason for paying attention to this is that falling once doubles a person’s chances of falling again.
Older adults can stay independent longer and reduce the risk of falling by:
Monitoring medications – some medications cause dizziness
Having regular eye checkup – updating eyeglasses is necessary for maximizing vision
Maintaining safety measures at home – grab bars inside the shower area, additional railings on sides of stairs and improved lighting are examples