Understanding the Risk of Falls
Falls can be serious at any age, but falls are one of the most common dangers for older adults. As we age, falls threaten independence and increase risk of multiple health issues.
One of Friends Life Care goals is to assist our members to age in place and remain well, active and engaged. One way that this can begin with understanding the risk of falls. The following comes from member data which Friends Life Care collected in 2018.
Falls inside the home by frequency occurred in the bedroom, the living room then the bathroom and steps
Falls outside the home by frequency occurred in the street, on sidewalks, the outside grounds, then the driveway and garden
Home Safety Checklist
Friends Life Care has developed a Home Safety Checklist. It helps you to identify areas around your home and yard that you may want to look at more closely. It is a review of the environment and can help you decide where you may need to take action to address any concerns to help make it less likely that you or a visitor will have a fall.
If you are a current Friends Life Care member, please feel free to speak with your care coordinator for a copy of the Checklist or to ask any specific questions you may have about this data or falls risk.
If you are not a current Friends Life Care member, please contact us for a free copy of this guide. When you complete the form, just let us know that you are requesting the free Home Safety Checklist.
Look for a future blog post for The Top Ten Outdoor Walking Tips when you leave your home. We hope that this information will help you to be mindful while maintaining an active life. We all need to keep moving; but we must remember to use good judgement and avoid unnecessary risks!
Sue Parker, OTR, CCM and Friends Life Care Care Coordinator
Sue is an occupational therapist and certified care manager with over 40 years of experience. Her professional background includes home care, rehabilitation, acute care and long-term care. She has held local, state, and national positions. At Friends Life Care, Sue specializes in wellness and prevention strategies for successful aging. She has been a caregiver, personally, for over 20 years and understands firsthand the needs of members, families and caregivers.