For seniors, falls in and around the home have serious consequences.
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There is some positive news…
- Some falls are preventable. Falls caused by environmental factors (like fall hazards in the home) and from side-affects of medication can be foreseen and avoided.
- Preventing falls and the resulting injuries can promote independence, by reducing or delaying the need to move out of the home.
- Getting help quickly after a fall reduces risk of hospitalization by 26% and death by over 80%.
So what can you do to help prevent falls in the first place? Lifeline offers you and your family some practical advice.
Use this fall prevention checklist to make your home as safe as possible.
Fear of falling may lead you to cut back on physical activity. But you should do just the opposite!
If your seniors patients don't have Lifeline, make sure they know how to get up safely after a fall by following these simple steps.
Keeping active helps you avoid falls