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7 Ways to Prevent Falls

November is Fall Prevention Month, a time when all Canadians can play a role in preventing falls.

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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.


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