By arhospice on September 12th, 2022
Falls are a serious health concern for older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every three adults ages 65 and older falls each year. More than 20 million seniors fall each year; and on average, every senior falls every three years.
Falls, especially in older adults, can have many serious outcomes. Falls often cause injuries like bruises, lacerations, pain, fractures, brain trauma, and even death.
Below are some of the common causes for falls, as well as tips for preventing falls at home.
Risk Factors for Falls
Preventing Falls at Home
The following strategies can decrease the risk of falling in patients with vision-related deficits:
Responding to Falls
Although the goal is preventing falls at home, statistics show that a large number of people will fall even if safety education is provided.
Limiting negative outcomes first begins with ensuring the patient can summon assistance if a fall occurs and the patient is unable to get up. Even patients who have around-the-clock assistance may fall when the caregiver is away for a short-time or out of earshot.
There are many options available for these emergency situations, with personal emergency response systems among the most common. Certain emergency response systems are voice-activated or can detect a fall automatically without the person having to sound the alarm. Newer options can even sense when the person’s activity changes from a normal state and summon help.
Minimally, patients should be encouraged to carry a cellular or cordless phone with them at all times. If a two-handed assistive device is used, the phone should be carried in a pocket or attached to a lanyard and carried around the neck. The phone should not be placed in the basket of a walker since it may be out of reach if the patient falls.
When a caregiver or family member finds a patient who has fallen and there is any possibility of injury, the patient should not be moved and 9-1-1 should be called.
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