In speaking with our many older adults, I hear all the time, “I do not want to go to the hospital or nursing home.”
However, adults 65 and older have more than 2.2 million non-fatal falls every year. These individuals end up in a hospital emergency room and many of these will then spend time in a nursing home for rehabilitation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year one in every three adults ages 65 and older will have a fall. Falls are the leading cause of injury death and are also the most common cause of non-fatal injuries and hospital admissions.
Most of these falls are preventable. I know we hear these recommendations often but many of us do not incorporate the necessary steps into our daily routine. Here’s how to do it: start walking with a friend, joining a class or visiting your physician regularly.
Also check your home environment and ask these questions:
- Is it free from obstacles in your path?
- Does it have the appropriate lighting?
- Are all bathroom equipped with the necessary safety equipment?
- Is your home adapted for your individual needs?
To prevent the risk of falls, have a home safety inspection and click on this article for more detail on prevention. If you wish to speak to someone regarding a safety inspection or would like more detail information, contact email@example.com.