Tips for Fall Prevention in Seniors

In our last post we discussed the horrifying statistics involving falls among the elderly. In this post we are sharing some tips for reducing those falls.

  1. Remove anything that’s a trip hazard.

Pay attention to any low to the ground items. Area rugs look nice, but are not worth the risk if they were to become bunched up and become a trip hazard.

  2. Open up space in rooms.

The more space in each room, the safer it is. Make clear walkways, that have plenty of open space to walk in without bumping into anything. Just keep what you need and get the rest of the unnecessary furniture out. Making sure your home has more uninhabited space.

  3. Add lighting. 

Do a walk-through survey of your house. Increase lighting throughout the house, especially at the top and bottom of stairs. Ensure that lighting is readily available when getting up in the middle of the night.

  4. Grab bars.

The bathroom is where you face the largest risk of a fall. Install grab bars in the tub/shower and near the toilet. Make sure they’re installed where your older loved one would actually use them.

  5. Ask about medications.

Ask your loved one if they are having trouble remembering to take their medication or having side effects. Some medication’s can cause vision changes and dizziness. Encourage then to talk openly with their health care provider about all their concerns and request an evaluation of current medications which may contribute to the risk of falling.

Ensuring you have a fall prevention plan in place for your loved one, should be a top concern as you or a loved one age. Home modifications are important for increasing your comfort, but also crucial in increasing your level of safety within your home.



10 Horrifying Statistics About Elderly Falls

These horrifying statistics feature the importance of preventing falls by taking conscious safeguards. Age related losses in flexibility, muscle strength, or balance can be easily addressed through strength assessments, steady gait training, and rehabilitation therapy.

  • One-fourth of seniors who fracture a hip from a fall will die within 6 months of the injury.
  • When an elderly person falls, their hospital stays are about twice as long than those of elderly patients who are admitted for any other reason.
  • The most discerning effect of falling is the loss of function associated with independent living.
  • The risk of falling rises with age and is greater for women than men.
  • Approximately 9,500 deaths in older Americans are associated with falls each year.
  • Annually, falls are reported by one-third of all people over the age of 65.
  • Among people aged 65 to 69, one out of every 200 falls results in a hip fracture. That number increases to one out of every 10 for those  aged 85 and older.
  • Two-thirds of those who fall will do so again in 6 months.
  • More than half of all fatal falls involve people 75 and older.
  • Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older.

If you find yourself or a loved one in need of rehabilitation therapy, ask your doctor about Herman Health Care Center. Our award-winning team of therapists use cutting age equipment and specific objective assessments to identify and treat deficits that may lead to a future fall.