Fall Prevention: All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men
Clearing a home of fall risks is a key part of senior quality of life. Living safely at home for as long as possible is truly everyone’s goal, isn’t it? Learn more about fall prevention in your home before you fall.
Clearing risks and hazards really could mean the difference between safe, healthy living in your home or having to give that up.
According to Bangor Daily News, “Statistics show that, in Maine, 90 percent of hip fracture hospitalizations are due to an unintentional fall and that 25 percent of people that have falls that result in a hip fracture die within a year of their injuries.”
Slips, Trips, and Falls: Don’t Let ’em Get You Down
By using this handy National Council on Aging (NCOA) checklist, you can find common in-home risk factors. Work out ways to reduce or eliminate these in your home. Fall prevention is not a one-time activity. It’s much better to make a monthly practice of checking your home for safety concerns. That will keep you safer and build routine awareness, so you’re more likely to notice when something is out of the ordinary.
Getting informed and remaining aware will go a long way to avoid a very sudden turn of events. Don’t delay. That favorite throw rug (I know you love it) may just represent your next trip to the emergency room. Don’t let dimly lit basement stairs or a loose railing on the front porch cost you. Instead, take active steps to create a safer and healthier home setting.