5 Questions to Assess Your Risk of Falling

By Brenda Mango, RN Manager, Shell Point Retirement Community

According to statistics, one in every three adults over the age of 65 experiences a fall each year, even when in an assisted living or retirement community. The fear of falling is a major concern for seniors, and can deter seniors from engaging in physical activity, which actually increases the risk of falling. It’s a vicious cycle. Here are 5 questions that can help you assess your own risk of falling.

  1. Have you fallen or tripped the last 12 months?
  2. Do you need handrails when climbing stairs or getting out of the bathtub or shower?
  3. Is it hard to stand on one foot for longer than five seconds?
  4. Are you walking slower recently?
  5. Do you feel dizzy, have knee pain, experience visual problems, or worry about falling when you walk?
  6. Do you take more than five prescription medications?

The good news is that there are ways to avoid becoming one of the statistics. Talk to your doctor about a referral for physical or occupational therapy or consider balance and mobility training.

Shell Point Retirement Community provides outpatient physical and occupational therapy in the Roulston Rehabilitation Clinic at the Larsen Health Center. If you find yourself in need of rehab care, ask your doctor about a referral to Shell Point Retirement Community.