Its astonishing that every year 25% of Americans over age 65 will have a fall that causes serious injury. Falls are one leading cause of death and injury that results costly health care related expenses. Several things that can be done to reduce fall risk. First and foremost is acknowledgement. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) https://www.ncoa.org/article/the-2020-falls-prevention-awareness-week-impact-report has expanded its effort to make older adults more aware through coalitions, partners, and awareness campaigns. This effort has been difficult for the past year due to Covid-19. Efforts are being made to re-ignite awareness since Falls can be very preventable by taking certain steps.
Take a look at this prevention checklist to see if you or any of your family members are at risk for a serious fall.
Caregivers are so important for assessing signs and symptoms and reporting to primary care physician. Changes in the home, home health, outpatient therapy and hiring a caregiver can significantly reduce this risk.
Our wonderful caregivers are trained and experienced to look out for risks, signs and symptoms, and remedies to help prevent falls. At Sunlife Home Care, our mission is to help older adults remain at home and stay independent.