A Look at Fall Prevention for Seniors at Home
As people get older, their bodies may take longer to heal after injuries. For seniors, a fall that would be only a minor accident for a younger adult might lead to fractures and other more serious injuries that can seriously compromise independence at home. Seniors are at a particularly high risk for falls, which are at the top of the list of causes for ER visits among this age group.
There are many steps to consider when trying to prevent falls at home, but the first should be eliminating any hazards that one could easily trip over or slip on and lose balance. Once walkways are cleared, seniors might think about improving their strength and flexibility to keep their balance in all environments.
At MountainView Hospital, you can gain some perspective on falls in the home with a free Lunch and Learn session hosted this November. To register for this event or explore other hospital events, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474.