When I reflect on the last couple of years with my Dad, I can’t help but remember the numerous times he had to go to the emergency room for stitches or staples because he lost his balance and fell…sound familiar?
Today, I am posting an article for you on falls by Visiting Angels. I hope you find it helpful.
Falls are the second leading cause of accidental death in America. Seventy-five percent of these falls occur in the older adult population. One third of the older adults who fall, sustain a hip fracture and are hospitalized, die within a year. Falls not only affect the quality of life of the individual but also influence the caregiver and family. Health care costs for falls and rehabilitation average 70 billion dollars a year! Even if the fall does not result in hospitalization, fear of falling becomes a major factor. Fear leads to inactivity and loss of confidence. This, in turn produces a cycle of fear, loss of self-confidence, and inactivity, thereby decreasing the quality of life and increasing the risk of falls.
Dr. Roberta A. Newton, PhD Temple University College of Health Professions in Philadelphia, PA, USA has spearheaded the efforts for years studying and researching why falls occur and how they can be prevented. From the most overlooked areas of the home to making it easier to navigate through one’s home, Dr. Newton has been right on target indicating points of interest and vulnerability in every day life. Visiting Angels has partnered with Dr. Roberta A. Newton PhD to fully utilize all of the in depth research she and her team have compiled.
Our mission is to increase the public awareness and importance of this sometimes overlooked issue. Are you aware that these can often times be prevented? Visiting Angels can help show you how with a free in-home assessment. We also conduct free seminars across the country educating all interested individuals that want to make a difference in someone’s life.
Here are a few helpful tips:
Fear can lead to loss of self-confidence and inactivity. Fear is not only associated with falling down but also with getting up once having fallen. Dispel this fear by making their everyday living space easier to manage.
Are assistive devices a part of their every day life? Fear can lead to loss of self-confidence and inactivity. Fear is not only associated with falling down but also with getting up once having fallen.
Get all the information you need to help someone you love.
You can download their FREE Fall Prevention brochure by clicking here.