4 steps to take to prevent falls (+ grab bar installation)
- Falls are the leading cause of hospital admissions for older adults in Ohio.
- Falls are the biggest cause of Traumatic Brain Injury for older adults. (CDC)
- In total, falls contribute to about $50 billion worth of medical costs every year. (CDC)
In Lorain County:
- Residents age 65 or older visited the emergency room a total of 3,439 times for falls-related injuries in 2018. (EpiCenter)
- 60% of emergency room visits for residents age 75 or older were for fall-related injuries.
- 42% of emergency room visits for residents age 65-74 who were for fall-related injuries.
Falls are preventable. Here are 4 steps to take to prevent falls:
- Make your home safer: Add grab bars in the bathroom.
- Improve balance with exercises such as Tai Chi and yoga. Older adults who keep active and exercise have less risk of falling.
Visit United We Sweat or dial 211 to find a free class near you.
- Visit an eye doctor every year to be sure your prescription is correct.
- Review your current medications with your pharmacist or doctor. Certain medications can add to your risk of falling.
Enjoy autumn and winter - reduce the risk of falls.
- Make sure holiday decorations are neatly and securely hung, so they don’t create a tripping hazard.
- Dry off wet shoes when you come in from the rain and snow; wet shoes are just as slippery as wet floors.
- Wear comfortable shoes and bring a cane or other device to help you if you’re enjoying an autumn activity where there’s uneven ground (like apple picking).