Fall-Related Injuries Are on the Rise
Fall-related injuries and the sheer number of falls are on the rise in Canada. According to the report:
“In 2003, there were 178,755 older Canadians who reported an injury related to a fall, which translates to a rate of 47.2 per 1,000 population... In 2009/2010, this number had increased significantly to 256,011 with a rate of 57.5 per 1,000… This represents a 43% increase in the number of individuals who reported a fall-related injury from 2003 to 2009/2010.”
And these are the stats for the falls that were reported. There are likely thousands of additional instances of senior falls that go unreported each year. With the number of falls on the rise, it’s not only important to learn about how to prevent falls, but also be realistic, understand that you could have a fall, and when it does happen, have a plan in place to get emergency assistance as soon as possible.
Tips to Prevent Falls
Understanding the most common situations where falls happen and tips for preventing these falls is a first step to make things safer for seniors. Whether you live at home or in an assisted living facility, the following tips can reduce the odds of you experiencing a fall:
- Know your physical limitations and don’t try to do things that are too much for you
- Be careful when getting in and out of the shower
- Have grip bars installed in your bathroom and other relevant areas of your home
- Mind your footwear, and always wear something that provides good grip and traction
- Eliminate the tripping hazards in your home
- Take extra care when going up or down stairs
- Be extra careful when walking outside during the winter
These simple and common sense tips often get overlooked, and it’s important to remind yourself or an older family member of these tips on a regular basis.
Be Proactive – Get a Fall Alert for Seniors
While prevention is the first phase to keeping safe and preventing falls, being proactive is the second. Being proactive by purchasing a fall alert for seniors is more than worth the investment. The truth is that you never know when you could fall, even if you take all the steps for prevention. Since it happens so fast, it can be difficult for you to get your bearings, or get access to a phone, or call for help, which can be a very scary situation.
A fall alert for seniors ensures you are cared for when you can’t care for yourself. This is what makes it such an important device. The second you have a fall (and you are wearing the fall detection pendant), our operators at Life Assure will immediately be notified of a potential fall. We will connect with you to see if you are okay. If you don’t respond, we will immediately send help to your location to assist you.
The simple fact that you know we will be notified if you fall will give you the peace of mind in knowing that help is on the way. It will also give your family members peace of mind in knowing that you have safety measures in place, just in case you have a fall.