Falls are not the prettiest thing. Both literally and figuratively. About every 11 seconds an older adult gets treated at an emergency room for a fall. A quarter of Americans over the age of 65 fall each year. Yet it takes an average of 18 hours for a person to be discovered after a fall.
A fall is costly too. Besides what a fall can do health-wise to a person, fall injuries had a total cost of $50 billion, in 2015, with it expected to be $67.7 billion by 2020, according to the National Council on Aging.
That is certainly a lot of facts and facts can be scary. But, there are ways to help prevent and counteract a fall from happening.
The biggest, overarching thing to do is to check on the status of your house, as there are multiple factors to elevate your risk of a fall.
Make sure you have a clear path to walk and that it is well-lit, especially at night. Add grab rails to key places. Always look out for pets and know where they are located. Repair or flag uneven steps and sidewalks. Quickly clean spills on tile and wooden floors. Use a cane or walking aid for added support.
Another big thing you can do is keep up your health. Get out and exercise and stay active. Also, be sure to keep up with medical exams, especially hearing and eye appointments. Those may not seem like much, but your eyes and ears totally help you keep your balance. In addition, certain medications can cause dizziness.
Ultimately, getting a personal emergency system will offer you the best defense. Electronic Caregiver is 24/7 assistance and protection anywhere you go for a fall or any medical concern. With medication reminders and activity detection, Electronic Caregiver notifies you and your loved ones to help stay on schedule.
After all, don’t fall for less!