7 Ways to Prevent Falls
November is Fall Prevention Month, a time when all Canadians can play a role in preventing falls.
Did you know falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among Canadian older adults and 20-30% of older adults fall each year. Additionally, falls are the leading cause for hospital admissions from injuries for children ages 0 to 9.
The good news? "It takes a community to prevent a fall. We all have a role to play."
Here are a few fall prevention tips from www.fallpreventionmonth.ca
• Remove loose rugs or secure them in place with rubber or slip-resistant backing.
• Ensure sufficient lighting to clearly see all stairs, landings and paths, especially at night.
• Install handrails on both sides of all steps and stairways.
• Declutter your home and remove potential obstacles from all walkways and hallways.
• Check all prescription medications for possible side effects like dizziness, drowsiness, fluctuations in blood pressure, loss of coordination or balance.
• Older adults should wear well-fitting footwear at all times (e.g. snug fit, correct length, enough room for insoles, etc.).
• Keep floors clear of clutter and loose carpeting
Interested in learning more about fall prevention? Check out www.fallpreventionmonth.ca or contact us. After all, we all have a role to play in fall prevention.