Our loved ones have been living well and independent for a while now, but as they get up in age the risks associated with falling increase exponentially. Adults 65 years and older are at risk of for falls, which could result in a serious injury and lead to the end of independent and active living. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are more than 30,000 older adults that annually die from unintentional falls (https://www.cdc.gov/injury/features/older-adult-falls/index.html). As tragic as this sounds, there’s good news because falls are preventable and aging, itself does not cause falls (http://nihseniorhealth.gov/falls/personalchanges/01.html).
Step and measures for fall prevention
· Secure carpets to the floor.
· Arrange furniture properly so there's plenty of room to walk.
· Wipe any spills.
· Use of non-skid mats in the bathroom and tub.
· Use proper lighting to ensure good visibility.
· Installation of grab bars in the bathroom.
· De-clutter the house of any cables and electric cords, Lego pieces.