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Fall Prevention Tips

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Falls are a major health risk for older Americans. According to the CDC, one out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year. Even with that high of a number, less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it, mostly out of pride, fear that they will be labeled “frail”, or they think that it’s not a big deal. Broadway Medical wants you to know that falls can be a VERY big deal.

Falls are the leading cause of injury death on people over age 65 and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions. 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized in 2010.

Here are some simple tips to help reduce falls:

  • Keep phone cords and electrical cords out of walkways.
  • Don’t leave any mail, magazines or newspapers on the floor.

    Make your own checklist to reduce falling in your home. Make your own checklist to reduce falling in your home.

  • Remove area rugs- especially those without rubber backing.
  • Make sure that bathtubs and showers have secure bath mats or grips.
  • Consider adding grab bars in showers and tubs.
  • Check your stair railings indoors and outdoors and make sure they are secure. If you don’t have railings, get some.
  • Keep indoor stairs free of clutter and make sure all carpeting on the stairs is secure.
  • Make sure that all hallways, walkways and paths are well-lit. Don’t be afraid to turn on lights in these areas.
  • Wipe up any spills right way and avoid walking on wet floors.
  • Have your eyes checked regularly. Vision changes like cataracts and macular degeneration can increase falls. If you get new glasses, especially bifocals, be extra careful maneuvering stairs until you are used to them.

Broadway Medical carries walkers and bathroom safety equipment and other equipment that can help to reduce falls.  Talk to one of our equipment specialist today to learn how to you can make your home and life safer.