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The Importance of Falls Prevention Month (September)
Did you know that falls in the home environment are one of the leading causes of hospitalizations in the country for seniors? Falls can lead to extensive injuries and even death amongst the aging population. Even the most minor fall has the potential to cause lasting complications.
Below are some statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that really put things in 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 at Capital City Nurses has provided information on why Fall Prevention Month is so important. Learn more about the ways you can help your loved ones avoid injuries by reading below.
What is the Goal of Fall Prevention?
Fall prevention involves the process of minimizing the risk of falls in the elderly population. There are many avenues for intervention that can help loved ones stay safe. Falls can occur due to tripping hazards or because of a medical condition that can make someone unsteady on their feet. The goal of a fall prevention program is to reduce these risks in order to create a safer environment for the patient that minimizes any harm that may come to them.
How to Prevent Falls with a Fall Prevention Program
Many falls occur in a hospital setting and can be anticipated when doctors and care staff have a detailed account of the patient's condition and history. However, when an elderly person is living in their own home falls can occur when no one is around to help.Services such as elderly care or a senior companion program can ensure that a qualified professional can be present when the risks are greater. Senior care services such as these are extremely valuable in ensuring that your loved one remains comfortable and independent within their own home while protecting them from harm should a fall occur.
The Tried and True Choice For In-Home Care
At Capital City Nurses, we provide companion care and home care nursing services that ensure the safety of your loved one. Our Services also provide assistance with the daily routine, such as light 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 loved one safe in their home while preventing falls you can find out more today by calling our team at (866) 807-7307.