Did you know that nearly one third of all people over the age of 65 fall each year, and that figure increases to 50% by age 80?  Did you know that the bathroom, bedroom, and stairs are the most frequent places that falls occur in the home?  The National Hospitalization Reduction Studies have demonstrated that having a fall prevention program is one of the best strategies to prevent falls and reduce hospitalization.  National Nursing & Rehab’s fall prevention education includes risk assessment for falls, educating the patient and caregiver on safe proofing the home environment, instruction on adaptive equipment, and teaching tools relating to daily living activity.

Most Common Risk Factors For Falls:

  • Muscle Weakness
  • History of Falls
  • Gait Deficit
  • Balance Deficit
  • Use of Assistive Devices
  • Visual Deficit
  • Arthritis
  • Impaired ADL
  • Depression
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Age Over 80 Years
  • Medication Use
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Fear of Falling
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Postural Hypotension
  • Stroke
  • Syncope, Diabetes, Anemia
  • Use of 4 or More Medications
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Wheel Chair Use
  • Footwear, Non-Supportive
  • Recent Hospitalization

How You Can Avoid Scary Falls:

  • Caution Around Throw Rugs
  • Clear Cluttered Walkways
  • Wipe Up Spills Immediately
  • Avoid Loose Fitting Shoes
  • Use Proper Walking Devices
  • Use Night-Lights in the Bedroom,
  • Bathroom & Hallways
  • Use Bath Mats With Suction Cups
  • Exercise Regularly to Improve
  • Muscle Strength & Flexibility

 

For more information, please call (855) 463-4584.

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