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FALL PREVENTION STATISTICS AND CHECKLIST
















































       

       Statistically, the result of a fall can be a profound and life
      changing event. Unfortunately for older
adults, falls are a
      leading factor for entry into a skilled nursing facility. Please
      don't underestimate the importance of protecting yourself
      from slip and fall accidents in your home, especially in bath-
      rooms and showers where most falls occur. One of the best
      tools in fall prevention are grab bars as they provide stability
      in an otherwise dangerous environment. Prevent falls and
      add stability...Call
SAFETYGRAB
today!

                                      
                                    
       HERE ARE SOME STARTLING STATISTICS 

                                
    •  One out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year and half of
         those will fall more than once.

    •  More than half of all falls occur in the home.

    •  A senior falls every 21 seconds resulting in more than 1.5 million
        falls per year.                   
                             
    •  The chances of falling and being seriously injured increase with age.
        In 2009, adults 85 and older were four times as likely to fall as age        
        65 to 74. 

    •  87% of all fractures in older adults are caused by falls.

    •  Falls are the most common cause of hospital admissions for trauma among                    seniors.

    •  Falls are the leading cause of death by accidental injury among
        people age 65 and older. They are also the most common cause
        of non-fatal injuries hospital admissions for trauma. 

                                                 
    •  In 2007, over 18,000 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries.

      
    •  In 2009, 2.2 million non-fatal fall injuries among older adults were       
        treated in emergency departments and more than 581,000 of these      
        patients were hospitalized.    

                                                                          
     
•  20 to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such
        as fractures to the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis and hand
        and head trauma.

     •  Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions and 40% of all nursing
        home admissions. 40% of those admitted do not return to independent
        living and 25% die within one year.
 
     •  Falls in the bathroom and on stairs are responsible for more injuries  
         than anywhere else in the home.


      Fall Prevention Checklist

        The risk of falling increases with age and most falls are health 
      related. Loss of muscle mass, slow reflexes, medication, poor
      eyesight and balance problems are all factors. Dangerous
      situations in the home include slippery floors, poor lighting
      tripping hazards, loose area rugs, thresholds and clutter. 
      Use this checklist to help understand and minimize falls.
         

       Approach to House

      • Park close to your door.
      • Be sure there is a clear pathway from the car to the door.
      • Make sure the surface of the pathway is smooth and doesn't
         have any uneven steps or obstructions.
      • Make sure there is a good light to show you the way to the door.
      • If you have stairs do you have handrails? Are they steady and secure? 
      • Make sure the door is easy to open and close.    
          
        Living Room

      • Is the seating adequate and safe?
      • Can you get in and out of the furniture easily?
      • Be sure the pathways are clear of electrical wires, carpet seams or cords.
      • Be sure you have adequate lighting in the room.
      • Be sure light switches are easy to reach and are at the entrance to the
         room.
      • Make sure you have the telephone near and access to turn the
         television off and on without getting up from your chair.
      • If you have area rugs, remove them and wear non-slip, low heeled
         shoes or slippers with rubber soles on the bottom. Do not walk around
         in stocking feet.

        Kitchen

      • Is the seating adequate and safe?
      • Be sure there is good lighting both in the room and in the work areas.
      • Do not use a step stool. Move the tough to reach items you use most
         often into a container on the counter or to shelves that you can easily
         reach without a step stool.
      • If a step stool is absolutely necessary, use one with high and
         steady handrails.      
      • Wear an alarm device that will bring help in case you fall and
          can’t get up. 
      • Ask someone to help you if you must reach for something.
      • Are your appliances in good condition and accessible?

        Bedroom

        • Place a lamp close to the bed where it is easy to reach without getting
          out of bed.
       • Be sure the path from the bed to the bathroom is clear of clutter and is
          lit by a nightlight.
       • Put a nightlight in the bedroom and hallways.
       • Remove any slippery floor rugs.
       • Have the telephone close to the bed so you can reach it without
          getting out of bed.
       • Have the television remote near the bed to avoid getting up to turn it
          on and off.

        Bathroom
   
      •  Do you have grab bars inside and outside the shower or                     
           tub and by the toilet? If you do not, call today and have
           these professionally installed by SAFETYGRAB. 
      •  Remove any slippery bathroom area rugs.
      •  Use non-slip adhesive strips or bath mats.
      •  Consider sitting on a chair in the shower and adding a
          handheld shower attachment.      
      •  Use a Carex toilet seat elevator and safety frame or add
          a grab bar on the side wall
 to make it easier to sit and stand.
      •  Clear the pathway to the bathroom of any clutter, wires
          or cords.
       •  Be sure to turn the lights on when you enter.

       Stairs and Steps

      • Pick up things on stairs such as books, shoes, laundry or other
         objects.
      • Be sure the stairway is well lit.
      • Repair any broken or loose handrails and steps.    
      • Have SAFETYGRAB install a Brooks Stairlift, an additional hand rail 
         or strategically placed grab bars.
      • Have glowing light switches installed at the top and bottom of 
          the stairwell.   
      • Paint a brightly colored strip on the top and bottom steps.

        General Safety

      • Do you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in place?
      • Use helping devices such as walkers or canes if necessary.
      • Store items you use often on the counter or in an easy to reach
         drawer.
      • Wear rubber soled shoes on slippery floors.
      • Keep a flash light with a fresh battery in the bedroom, kitchen
          and living room in case of loss of power.
      • Review medications with your doctor or pharmacist.
      • Have your hearing and eyesight checked. Inner ear problems
          can affect balance and vision problems make it difficult to see
          potential fall hazards.
      • Exercise regularly to improve balance, flexibility, strength and
          overall well-being.
      • If you feel dizzy, sit down and allow enough time for the
          dizziness to clear. Stand up slowly and hold onto something
         steady.


                                                             
                                                                          
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