Educating Elderly Regarding Prevention of Falling
Published : 2010-09-24 - Updated : 2019-03-07
Author : Balanced for Life Program - Contact: amedisys.com
Synopsis* : Amedisys Balanced for Life Program offers practical tips to educate seniors about fall prevention as falling is the leading cause of death from injury for seniors.
Our nation's elderly population is dying from a silent killer at an alarming rate. Each year, falls are the leading cause of death from injury in adults over the age of 65.(1) Approximately one-third of older adults fall each year.(1) And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the cost of all falls will be nearly $55 billion by 2020. As part of Fall Prevention Week, Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED), a leading provider of home health and hospice care, is working to change these unacceptable statistics by educating seniors on 10 easy tips to help prevent falls.
"Falls are a serious health concern, but there are many steps we can take to reduce a person's risk," said Wanda Hull, vice president of Rehabilitation Specialty Programs with Amedisys.
"We believe that aging is not a disease and falls are not a normal part of getting older. According to the National Institutes of Health, falls don't just happen and people don't fall because they get older. Our Balanced for Life program's comprehensive assessment and treatment allows us to identify and address the root cause of a person's fall risk, allowing our patients to remain safe and active in their home environment."
Amedisys' Top 10 Tips to Avoid Falls
Amedisys stresses the following tips for seniors and caregivers through its successful multidisciplinary approach to fall prevention with the Amedisys Balanced for Life Program.
1. Understand if you are at a heightened risk for falling.
Individuals with lower extremity weaknesses or cognitive, visual or sensory impairments are all at heightened risk. Additionally those who have difficulty with transfers and mobility, or those with certain neurological disorders or individuals who use multiple medications all have a greater risk of falling.
2. Make your home environment safer.
Remove electrical cords along walkways in the home; use non-slip mats; tightly secure throw rugs; install handrails by stairs and inclines; and put grab bars in the bathroom.
3. Ensure proper indoor and outdoor lighting.
Proper lighting can decrease your chance of tripping or falling over unseen objects, furniture or steps.
4. Eat right.
Simple dietary changes can improve bone density and regulate the body, thus reducing your fall risk.
5. Exercise regularly.
Stay active with a walking group or individual exercise program and consider incorporating basic yoga moves and stretches which can increase balance and stability. It is important to always check with your physician prior to starting any exercise program.
6. Get adequate sleep.
Too little sleep can lead to fatigue and heighten your risk for falling. Conversely, too much sleep or lying around can weaken the muscles and also heighten your fall risk.
7. Get checked out.
Have all systems that control balance including vision and hearing evaluated by a physician, and consider a comprehensive program that will be tailored to your needs.
8. Review your medications.
Many medicines can have side effects which cause dizziness and drowsiness. Talk to your doctor about the side effects for all medications before starting, and if side effects occur, discuss alternatives.
9. Watch out for environmental hazards.
Snow, ice and rain can cause slippery sidewalks and surfaces making anyone more likely to fall. 10. Use a cane or walker to support you. If necessary, these walking assistants can help to stabilize your body and provide you with better balance.
In addition to these preventive tips, Amedisys' Balanced for Life program offers the only multidisciplinary approach in the country for fall prevention. The advanced rehabilitation specialty program evaluates each patient and develops a systematic approach to treatment, so that patients can manage their balance disorder, reducing fall risk and maintaining safe and independent living.
Balanced for Life incorporates comprehensive vestibular assessment; comprehensive gait and balance assessments; sensory evaluation and integration; infrared light therapy; adaptation and habituation exercises; medication adherence and interaction; and environmental assessments. The program has proven clinical outcomes, with 94 percent of patients improving their balance by at least two points according to the Tinetti Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment, a widely recognized clinical instrument used to measure fall risk. The Balanced for Life Program began in February 2007, and in 2009 supported more than 32,000 patients.
(1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/adultfalls.html
Educating Elderly Regarding Prevention of Falling | Balanced for Life Program (amedisys.com). Disabled World makes no warranties or representations in connection therewith. Content may have been edited for style, clarity or length.
You're reading Disabled World. Be sure to check out our homepage for further informative disability news, reviews, disability sports events, exclusive stories and how-tos. You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Related Seniors News Documents
- 1 - U.S. Seniors Agree on Ways to Strengthen Social Security and Medicare : Older Americans agree on ways to strengthen Social Security and Medicare, according to surveys by The Senior Citizens League.
- 2 - Nearly 50% of Seniors Go Without Essentials During Pandemic : Survey to learn the financial impact of the coronavirus on older Americans indicates almost half of retirees say they have gone without essential items.
- 3 - Senate Health Bill Buries Biggest Medicaid Cuts Using Insufficient Inflation Adjustment : The U.S. Senate health care repeal and replace bill, contains significantly deeper Medicaid cuts than those in the House bill.
- 4 - 79% of U.S. Seniors Think Millionaires Need to Start Paying Their Fair Share : Recent survey by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) reveals 79% of older Americans think millionaires should start paying a fair share.
- 5 - If Senior CPI Used to Calculate 2017 COLA, Benefits Would Be 2.1% Higher : Data confirms if the government used Consumer Price Index for the Elderly to calculate COLA for 2017 instead of the index currently used, Social Security benefits would be 2.1 percent higher.
*Disclaimer: Disabled World provides general information only. Materials presented are in no way meant to be a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified practitioner, nor should they be construed as such. Any 3rd party offering or advertising on disabled-world.com does not constitute endorsement by Disabled World. View our Advertising Policy for further information. Please report outdated or inaccurate information to us.
Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: Balanced for Life Program. Electronic Publication Date: 2010-09-24 - Revised: 2019-03-07. Title: Educating Elderly Regarding Prevention of Falling, Source: <a href=https://www.disabled-world.com/news/seniors/fall-prevention.php>Educating Elderly Regarding Prevention of Falling</a>. Retrieved 2021-05-09, from https://www.disabled-world.com/news/seniors/fall-prevention.php - Reference: DW#104-5545.