Fall Prevention

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Goals

  • Prevent falls through risk identification and education
  • Mitigate hazards through resource referral
  • Respond to both emergency and non-emergency needs of our citizens 

Statistics

  • 21,000 fall deaths annually
  • 1 out of 3 persons aged 65 or older will fall this year. Less than half will talk to their physician
  • Falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults 
  • In 2010 the cost for medical treatment of fall injuries/deaths exceeded $30 Billion 
  • Over 95% of hip fractures caused by falls 
  • One out of five hip fracture patients die within one year 
  • One in three independent adults will live in a care center for over one year following a fall related hip fracture 
  • The fall rate for persons in nursing facilities averages 2.6 falls per year per person 
  • About 1,800 people in nursing homes die each year due to falls 

Common Causes of Falls

  • Muscle weakness and walking/gait issues 
  • Environmental hazards (wet floors, clutter, poor lighting, bed too high) 
  • Medications (use, dose changes, combinations etc..) 
  • Poor fitting shoes, incorrect use of walking aids

Additional information

Sources: National Fire Protection Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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