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The Importance of Falls Prevention Month (September)
Did you know that falls in the home environment are one of theleading causes of hospitalizations in the country for seniors? Fallscan lead to extensive injuries and even death amongst the agingpopulation. Even the most minor fall has the potential to causelasting complications.
Below are some statistics from theUS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that really put thingsin perspective.
- One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
- Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
To get ready for Falls Protection Awareness Month 2021, the team atCapital City Nurses has provided information on why Fall PreventionMonth is so important. Learn more about the ways you can help yourloved ones avoid injuries by reading below.
What is the Goal of FallPrevention?
Fall prevention involves the process of minimizing the risk of fallsin the elderly population. There are many avenues for interventionthat can help loved ones stay safe. Falls can occur due to trippinghazards or because of a medical condition that can make someoneunsteady on their feet. The goal of a fall prevention program is toreduce these risks in order to create a safer environment for thepatient that minimizes any harm that may come to them.
How to Prevent Falls with aFall Prevention Program
Many falls occur in a hospital setting and can be anticipated whendoctors and care staff have a detailed account of the patient’scondition and history. However, when an elderly person is living intheir own home falls can occur when no one is around to help.Services such as elderly care or a senior companion program canensure that a qualified professional can be present when the risksare greater. Senior care services such as these are extremelyvaluable in ensuring that your loved one remains comfortable andindependent within their own home while protecting them from harmshould a fall occur.
The Tried and True Choicefor In-Home Care
At Capital City Nurses, we provide companion care and home care nursing services that ensure the safety of your loved one. Ourservices also provide assistance with the daily routine, such aslight housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care, and more.Capital City Nurses provides in-home care services in Chevy Chase,Maryland, Washington, DC, and several locations in Northern Virginia,such as Alexandria and Sterling.
If you are interested in learning more about how to keep your lovedone safe in their home while preventing falls you can find out moretoday by calling our team at (866) 807-7307.