Falls Prevention: Safety Measures in and out of the home environment

According to the Australian and New Zealand Fall Prevention Society "Falls are a major health issue in the community with around 30% of adults over 65 experiencing at least one fall per year". "Falls can also result in restriction of activity and fear of falling, reduced quality of life and independence". "Another consequence of falling is the “long lie” – remaining on the ground or floor for more than an hour after a fall. The long lie is a marker of weakness, illness and social isolation and is associated with high mortality rates among the elderly. Time spent on the floor is associated with fear of falling, muscle damage, pneumonia, pressure sores, dehydration and hypothermia.". "A number of falls prevention strategies have been shown to reduce the incidence and risk of falls in the community."

Safety measures in and out of the home environment are a must to prevent any possible fall-related injury. Risk assessment can be done by professionals. The risk assessments identify potential hazards in an environment based on an individual’s condition. Speak with a healthcare professional for assistance.

See below five tips tip on how to make the environment safer.

  1. Nightlights and glow-in-the-dark products are recommended to increase visibility in darker areas of the house and at night.
  2. Non-slip socks and non-slip rubber mats are recommended to reduce the risk of trips and falls.
  3. Gab rails are recommended to provide extra support around the house.
  4. The use of a walking aid for improved stability, security, and posture.
  5. The use of alarms & sensors can monitor movement without physical restraining and give early warning.

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    NOTE: We DO NOT recommend using this information solely as a guide - specially without assistance from a healthcare professional. Please contact your doctor or your local hospital for assistance.

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