Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors and are one of the reasons why older adults lose their independence. About one third of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more each year. Most of these falls occur in the home while doing normal daily activities.
Many Falls can be Prevented.
Falls usually happen due to a combination of effects from risk factors that can be prevented. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling. You can prevent falls with simple fall-prevention measures, from reviewing your medications to hazard-proofing your home.
Key Ways to Prevent Falls
- Improve your mobility and balance
- Increase your physical activity and muscle strength
- Wear sensible footwear with nonskid soles
- Have regular vision check-ups and correct vision problems
- Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist
- Reduce trip and slip hazards in your home or outside the home
- Place motion sensor night lights in your bedroom, bathroom and hallways
- Use assistive devices like a cane or walker to keep you steady, handrails for stairways, or grab bars for shower and tub
Home Safety Program
Global Health Care provides a Home Safety Program where we go through your home and identify objects and areas that pose safety risks. We can also oversee any installations or modifications that will be needed.