Falls prevention: Get informed about risk factors for falls in the home!

Did you know?

  • Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians.
  • Falls account for 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations.
  • Falls are the cause of 95% of all hip fractures.
  • 20-30% of seniors in our communities experience one or more falls each year

                (Statistics Canada, n.d.)

Here are some factors that can increase the risk of falls and what you can do to reduce them:

 

Risk Factors:

Recommendations to prevent falls

Poorly lit areas

Turn the lights on when it may be hard to see

Cluttered walkways or stairs

Ensure walkways and stairs are cleared of any objects or clutter

Loose fitting foot ware or untied shoelaces

Make sure you have well-fitted shoes and that your shoelaces are always done up

Medications 

Get to know the possible side effects of medications you take

Balance or gait deficits

Practice balancing with assistance or in a supervised environment to promote muscle development and brain-body connection

Rugs or carpets that are not secured in place

Secure loose rugs or placemats to the ground with tape or other products to avoid them lifting while you are walking

Muscle weakness

Participate in regular exercise programs such as walking, range of motion exercises, and even weightlifting exercises

Acute or chronic illness and disabilities 

Illness or disabilities can alter our mental state by decreasing awareness and perception.

o   (Including UTIs, pain, cognitive impairment, and more)

Inadequate diet

Ensure you are eating a well-rounded diet full of nutrients to promote physical and mental health.

Poor or unpredictable weather

Always be aware and move with the different elements and take precautions as necessary. (Walking slower, using a vehicle for transport, etc.)

 

If you or your loved one is needing more assistance with ambulating safely in the home, our Compassionate Heart Team is here to help. We are a team of nurses and PSWs who love caring for members of our community. Give us a call today at 289-252-1975.

Author: Rebecca E(Community Nurse)

Resources

Public Health Agency Canada. (n.d.). Seniors falls in Canada. chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/migration/phac-aspc/seniors-aines/publications/public/injury-blessure/seniors_falls-chutes_aines/assets/pdf/seniors_falls-chutes_aines-eng.pdf

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