Fall Prevention: Steps to Reduce Risk of Falling

1One in three seniors over the age of 65 falls each year, and this number increases to one in two by the age of 80.  Fall-related injuries can often lead to hospitalization and even premature death; moreover, seniors who fall often face significant declines in mobility and independence.   The good news is that falls are preventable.

While fall risk cannot realistically be eliminated, a full evaluation of the safety of the home and an assessment of one’s overall health can help to minimize risk.  MorseLife Home Care, which provides skilled and private home health services throughout Palm Beach County, regularly provides home safety evaluations for its patients and clients.

Vesna Poirier, Director of Patient Services, notes the home evaluation includes a full assessment of the home environment, as well as health and well-being of the patient or client.   “We look at issues such as poor lighting and tripping hazards like throw rugs and poorly placed furniture,” Ms. Poirier said. “We also evaluate medications as some may impact alertness and steadiness on one’s feet. Additionally, some people may have balance issues when walking or wear shoes that may cause them to trip or fall.”

Ms. Poirier notes that by taking precautions, seniors can minimize, but not eliminate their risk of falling. “Falls will and do happen, but through ongoing evaluation, risk can be managed,” she said.

MorseLife Home Care regularly offers free talks about fall prevention and other topics. For more information, call (561) 616-0707 or link to morselife.org.

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