Did you know November is Seniors’ Falls Prevention month? Falls are very frequent in seniors. In fact, one in three adults over the age of 65 falls at least once per year. The number of single falls per year increases to 1 out of 2 for people over the age of 80. The bad news is, when an older person falls, it can have an enduring and devastating impact, resulting in injury, loss of mobility, a reduced quality of life and, in severe cases, death. The good news is, falls are preventable.
Global – Love Care has partnered up with our friends at Finding Balance to launch a home safety assessment program dedicated to reducing the incidence of falls and fall-related injuries.
With this free assessment program, Global – Love Care provides in-home assessment and intervention for high-risk seniors on an individual basis. A Global – Love Care fall prevention team specialist will meet with the senior in their home to complete a fall risk assessment, in order to identify factors contributing to falls.
A fall prevention plan is then developed to reduce the risk of future falls. This plan may include home modifications, in-home exercise programs to improve balance and strength, and education regarding safety and healthy living.
We encourage seniors and their families to book their free fall safety assessment early. For more information, contact Global – Love Care and be sure to check out the Finding Balance web site: www.findingbalancealberta.ca for helpful resources. There are four key points to ensuring one stays healthy, safe, and upright during not only the winter months ahead, but all the time.
- Watch your Step -Take your time and avoid doing too many things at once! It is hard to see hazards when you are rushing. Watch out for ice, cracks and uneven surfaces while walking. You can prevent falls by reducing the hazards. Keep pathways, halls and stairways well-lit and free of clutter.
- Once a year review all of your medications with your doctor or pharmacist. Remember to mention over-the-counter pills, vitamins and herbal supplement! Medications that relax you, help you sleep, or improve your mood can increase your risk of falling. As you age, the way medications affect you can change.
- Do at least 30 minutes of activity every day. Regular activity makes you stronger, improves your balance and maintains your independence. Try activities you enjoy like walking, dancing or taking an exercise class. Ask your doctor or health care provider about the best type of exercise program for you.
- Tell someone if you have dizziness. Find out the cause. Is it from falling blood pressure, changing heart rate, or from an ear condition? Take action to stay active and independent.