Steady Strides fall prevention tips
WHAT ARE SOME FALL PREVENTION MEASURES THAT I CAN TAKE?
Falls can be nasty!
95% of hip fractures and majority of brain injuries in the elderly are due to falls. Neither of these two sound too much fun... Unfortunately, falls risk increases with age.
How can we avoid falls? [DISCLAIMER: Data presented here is for educational purpose only. You should speak to your doctor before applying what's presented here to yourself or others, as all of these details need to be fine-tuned on case by case basis by a qualified health care provider]
1. If you fell twice this year or once with a traumatic fall, you are at HIGH risk of falls
2. Stay active to prevent falls
3. Have your regular vision, hearing and foot exams
4. Keep your home free of tripping hazards and install night-lights in your residence
5. See a physician with expertise in fall prevention ideally before, but at the very least after you fall
This last point can be pretty important. Unfortunately, many people believe that if you fell you should only see a physical therapist. Physical therapy is often crucial! Yet, according to the CDC's STEADI guidelines physician needs to be involved in coordinating fall prevention care, for there are often medical problems that contribute to falls which need to be addressed in a timely fashion.
Some primary care physicians may not be trained on how to care for patients at risk of falls, so CDC has created a STEADI algorithm for physicians to help them start caring for you.
Dr Atanelov, MD
Medical Director Steady Strides: Fall Prevention and Stroke Rehab Medical Institute