In fire and life safety education we tend to focus on teaching children about fire prevention because it’s an easy topic and kids are like sponges, eager to learn. But fire and life safety focus are just as important for adults. One of the many September highlights is fall prevention.
Were you aware that falls in adults age 65 and older is the number one cause for injury, hospital visits due to trauma, and death from an injury? This is according to www.stopfalls.org, a great resource for service providers and individuals.
Someone tripping and falling doesn’t always seem like a big deal. But when you realize it might be health related or due to hazards in the home or the community, it takes on a new meaning. These falls can be prevented.
As a caregiver, changing out rugs and noticing improper footwear on your loved ones is one way to decrease the fall potential. Also, making sure they have regular check-ups by a healthcare professional for possible medical or vision issues. There may even be signs of depression where they are not putting in the effort to “watch their steps”. Behavioral issues of rushing can also cause a fall risk.
As a good citizen, noticing things in public places could actually save a life. Look for rugs that get bunched up or sidewalks that have shifted. Make people aware when you see trip hazards or adjust the rug.
For those who are concerned about your risks of falling, you can find a great deal of resources on the internet. Also, getting regular physical activity is a great way to decrease your chances. Starting now will only help you more in the future. There are many stretching and flexibility physical activities for you to try. Talk to your healthcare provider on what might work best for you.
Willard Fire cares about our community and would love to make a difference in your life. Please feel free to contact us. We will see what resources we have to fit your needs.