According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year one out of every three people over the age of 65 falls. In this age group, falls are the leading cause of injury and death, and are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. The most common types of injury? Hip or other bone fractures, lacerations and head traumas, all of which make it difficult to get around and to live independently.

There are many ways to lessen the probability of falling, and some are as simple as being mindful of your surroundings.  The following are preventative tips to help reduce or prevent falls or fall injuries:

  • Remove or secure scattered rugs
  • Keep walking pathways clear—be sure there are no electrical cords or small items that could possibly cause a hazard
  • Be sure there is ample lighting in areas hallways, walkways and other areas
  • Seniors should wear shoes that fit. Backless or slip-on shoes can be loose and cause unsure footing.
  • Use extra caution on bare or wet floors, which can be slippery
  • Avoid wearing long robes or pants/dresses that are too long, as these can be tripping hazards
  • Be deliberate in the bathroom— step, stand and sit carefully
  • Seniors should rise slowly when getting out of a bed or chair
  • Sturdy supports such as banisters or hand rails should always be available
  • Avoid leaning on unstable objects
  • Always walk carefully, looking before they step

Helping a senior to be extra careful with every movement and having acute awareness of their surroundings will go a long way in helping to prevent fall-related injuries.

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