Every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall. So it’s no wonder many seniors have a fear of falling.
Sadly, that fear of falling can keep them from being active and thriving. Because they’re anxious about falling, they unintentionally isolate themselves in the place where most falls happen — at home — and further increase their risk of physical decline, depression, feelings of helplessness — and falls.
Fortunately, there are actions you and your loved one can take to help address their risk factors and their fears.
If a loved one isn’t taking proper care of themselves, there could be many reasons why. It is critical that you first understand why your loved one is not bathing or changing their clothes regularly.
Just like falls and fall-related injuries can have physical, mental, and emotional costs, fall prevention requires addressing the body, mind, and spirit.
This Fall Prevention Checklist offers just that — a holistic approach to fall prevention.
By making some changes, many falls can be prevented and your loved one can stay safe, active, and independent longer.