A fall for some can cause more than just bruising; it sometimes can cause broken bones, head trauma, or worse: death. According to the Center for Disease Control, one-third of the population over age 65 falls each year. Falls are the leading cause of injury among the older population and account for more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency rooms across the country.
You can help prevent falls with a few easy steps:
- Find an exercise program to build your strength and stability.
- Keep your home safe by removing clutter in walkways.
- Wear sensible shoes that fit properly.
- Remove loose rugs, or secure them with non-slip padding.
- Keep your living space well lit with lamps in easy reach.
- Have assistive devices available in your home, including handrails for stairways, grab bars in the shower, and a raised toilet seat.
If you feel unsteady or at risk for a fall, please follow up with your physician before it turns into a fall. If you experience a fall, be sure to tell your doctor; you might have an injury that needs proper treatment. Your doctor can advise the appropriate method of recovery.
The Larsen Pavilion offers rehabilitative therapy as a proactive step to help improve strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility. Should you need rehabilitative therapy for a fall-related injury or to prevent a fall, call the Larsen Pavilion at Shell Point Retirement Community. Personal consultations are available at (239) 454-2256.