Falls Prevention Awareness is picking up throughout Liberty’s coverage area, as seniors are learning more about ways to stay safe in the home.
Employees of Liberty HomeCare & Hospice Services are doing their part. They participate in falls prevention seminars throughout the region, and also conduct in-home assessments for patients.
Kimberly Haydt, homecare liaison for Liberty, said many people don’t realize falls prevention can start with simple maneuvers.
“Always keep the things you use most often at eye-level,” she said. “Many of the falls that take place happen when a senior is reaching up or reaching down for something. Rearranging items can make a big difference.”
More than 1/3 of all seniors age 65 and up will suffer a fall in the home, and falls are the leading cause of injury death for those age 65 and older. From 2007 through 2009, there were more than 1,000 deaths in North Carolina alone due to falls.
There are several other tactics that seniors should consider, including:
– Using nonslip mats wherever possible
– Removing area rugs
– Using lighting, particularly night lights that can be placed on a wall, to help avoid falls at night
– Keeping a commode close to their bed, since many falls happen during trips to the bathroom
Liberty employees recently participated in an event near Charlotte, NC, where more than 100 seniors were educated about avoiding falls.
“I’m being more aware about falls prevention,” said Caroline Hill of Matthews who attended the event. “Events like this really help.”
If you or a loved one could benefit from an in-home assessment, contact us for more information.