Falls are the leading cause of injuries for seniors, with the likelihood of experiencing a fall increasing from age 65 and older. In fact, one in four older adults suffer a fall each year, and one in five of these falls causes a serious injury according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Falls can be fatal – the number of deaths from falls has increased consistently from 2007 to 2016, so fall prevention at home can both save lives and enhance quality of life
How to prevent falls at home
There are several things that you can do to enhance the functionality of your home to make it a safer space.
Complete this checklist to help prevent falls:
Fall prevention also extends to personal health. Talk to someone about your mobility concerns for more specific recommendations, but in the meantime, you can do the following:
What to do after a fall
If you do experience a fall and find that you cannot get up after checking for injuries, get help. Your medical alert device, panic button or cellphone are your best options if you’re alone in the home.
And once you’ve been cleared by your doctor, here are some thoughts to help you as you recover:
- Fix the cause: If anything caused the fall like a rug, piece of furniture or broken step, these should be adjusted, moved or fixed. If your fall was caused by dizziness or another health issue, talk to your doctor to prevent this from happening again in the future.
- Keep moving: Fear of falling again might keep you from moving around regularly, but according to the CDC, cutting down on activity can actually increase your chances of falling because of increased weakness.
- Check in regularly: Attend your follow-up medical appointments to make sure your healing goes smoothly.
If falling is a regular occurrence, additional steps may need to be taken, such as using a medical alert system or in-home help or assisted care.
To find out how Guardian can assist you in case of a fall or other medical emergency in the home, call 888-857-5028 or request information and a Guardian representative will contact you.