- 1 in 3 seniors will experience a fall each year, and half of those more than once.
- 40% of seniors' falls result in hip fractures.
- 20% of injury-related deaths among seniors can be traced back to a fall.
- Seniors are injured at home more than any other location. The bathroom and stairs are particularly dangerous.
Anyone can fall. But as we age, our risk of falling becomes greater. That’s the bad news. The good news is that falls can be prevented. The first step to avoiding falls is to understand what causes them. For example, poor balance, decreased muscle and bone strength, reduced vision or hearing, and unsafe conditions in and around your home can increase your chance of falling. Staying safe and on your feet is a matter of taking some steps to protect yourself. You can prevent falls by making the needed adjustments to your home and lifestyle, and by making sure you eat well, stay fit, and use whatever devices will facilitate your daily life while keeping you safe. Your independence and well-being are at – Stake. Take action! (Public Health Agency of Canada)
You Can Prevent Falls
Preventing Falls Takes a Community
There are services and programs close to home that can help you prevent a fall and stay independent. If you live in Leeds, Grenville or Lanark you can find help and Fall Prevention Resources from South East Health Line or if you live in North Lanark or North Grenville you can find help at Physical Activity Exercise Classes from Champlain Health Line.
Keeping Your Home Safe
Injuries can result from seemingly innocent things around your home—many of which are easily fixed or adapted after you do some detective work to track them down. The following checklists will help you inspect your home for evidence of trouble that may be waiting to happen. Every NO answer is a clue that your home may not be as safe as it could be and that you should be making the needed changes as soon as you can. Your safety depends on it!
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation Stair Safety: Find ways you can reduce the risk of falling on or from your stairs at home. If you are building or renovating your home or if you are looking to purchase or relocate to a new home this article provides facts about safe stair design.
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