Nearly one in three older Canadians fall every year. For many of them, that moment forever changes their lives. Ninety-five per cent of hip fractures among seniors are the result of a fall. Some falls shorten a senior’s lifespan, others lead quickly to death. Seniors who are admitted to hospital after a fall are sometimes forced to linger in hospital beds while awaiting a more suitable level of care. Those who return home can become isolated and less active, afraid of another fall. Their health and quality of life often deteriorates and the health system bears the burden. That is why there has been a growing focus on the issue at the federal, provincial and local levels in recent years, as well as internationally.
Nearly 90% of older adults want to age-in-place and maintain independence
But here’s the problem: 85% of older adults have
done NOTHING to prepare their homes for aging.
Fall Prevention is a Serious Issue as We Age:
> 1 in 3 adults over age 65 falls each year and 50% of those over 80
> Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury for those over 65
> Falls cause serious injury, such as hip fractures and head trauma
> Falls account for 25% of ALL hospital admissions
> Falls account for 40% of nursing home admissions
> Of those who survive a fall 50% never regain their independence
Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Fall Risk:
Begin a regular exercise program.
Review your medicines regularly.
Have your vision checked annually.
Make your home environment safer.
Wear sturdy, nonskid shoes at all times.
100% of ER doctors agree that an annual Home Safety
Assessment is important to keep seniors safe at home.
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