Fatal falls are on the rise.
The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study with startling fall-related statistics. The statistics showed that between 2000 and 2016, incidents of fatal falls had nearly tripled among senior citizens.
As a nursing home Community Medical Center, Tallwoods Care Center is all too familiar with fall prevention.
Falls can occur for several reasons, including:
So what can you do to reduce your risk of a fall?
Staying active and maintaining a healthy exercise routine can help reduce the chance of falls, especially strength training. Strength training can strengthen the muscles around your joints, enhance bone density, and prevent injuries if a fall does occur.
Avoid footwear that puts you at a higher risk of falling. Potentially hazardous footwear includes flip-flops, floppy slippers, and high heels. Instead, look for shoes that are well-fitted with nonskid soles.
Do you take any prescription medications? Several types of medications can cause dizziness, confusion, and slowed cognitive thinking. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s recommended that you talk to your doctor about your medications.
Falls are a serious risk to senior citizens. A fall can result in injury, and some may even be fatal. It is imperative that you take action to prevent falls and injuries in the future.
As the best-skilled nursing facility, Community Medical Center in the Bayville area, we pride ourselves in our ability to address any safety concerns that you may have.
If you or a loved one has recently experienced a fall or are at risk of a fall, contact us to learn more about our facility.