Pacific County Fire District No. 1

Senior Fall Prevention Program

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among seniors 65 years of age and older. Falls are also the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for seniors, threatening their independence, mobility, and safety.

Staggering statistics related to falls among seniors makes senior fall prevention a priority for seniors and the loved ones of seniors.
We know that Senior Citizens are at an increased risk of injury from falls, and that each fall increases the likelihood of another fall occurring. We also know that most Seniors desire the independence to continue living in their own homes, for as long as they are physically able to do so. Pacific County Fire District 1 personnel are committed to educating Seniors about safety and prevention measures that can take in their homes, enabling them to continue to live independently for as long as possible. An in-home safety visit is confidential, free, and available be appointment.

  • Exercise regularly. Do exercises that will increase leg strength, improve balance and increase flexibility. Consider Tai Chi, yoga, and bicycling.
  • Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist. You’ll want to reduce or eliminate those that cause dizziness or drowsiness.
  • Lower your hip fracture risk by getting daily-recommended levels of calcium and vitamin D. and get screened and treated for osteoporosis.
  • Move furniture that’s in your way. Use double-sided tape so throw rugs won’t slip.
  • Pick up items that are on the floor. Coil telephone and electrical wires next to the wall.
  • Keep items off the stairs. Fix loose or uneven steps.
  • Make sure your stairway is lighted and have switches at the top and bottom of the stairs.
  • Make sure stair carpeting is secure.
  • Make sure stair handrails are secure and that they’re on both sides the entire length of the stairs.
  • Consider a walk in tub to ensure easy entrance and exit.
  • When using a ladder, make sure both feet and at least one hand are on the ladder.
  • Consider buying an alarm you can activate in the event of a fall.
  • Get up slowly when lying down or sitting, making sure that your path is free from clutter and obstacles.
  • Make sure items in the kitchen are within reach. Do you use a step stool in the kitchen? Make sure it is stable before each use.
  • Place a non-slip mat or strips inside your shower or bathtub to help prevent falls. Installing grab bars further decreases the risk of falling.
  • Use a night light in your bedroom. Make sure there is enough light for you to see inside the bedroom and along the way to the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Do you have throw rugs or loose carpeting? Secure the loose carpeting and use double-sided tape on rugs so that they do not slip.
  • See an optometrist or ophthalmologist at least annually to make sure that you do not have vision issues that increase your risk of falling.

 

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