How to Prevent Falls
Slips and Falls: The Problem
- Every 18 seconds an older adult is in the emergency room because of a fall.
- Every 35 minutes a person 65 or older dies due to a fall.
- Falls are the #1 cause of injury-related deaths for people over the age of 65.
- Falls cause significant debilitating injury and loss of independence.
- Over 300 Coloradans age 65 or older die each year due to a fall and over 9,000 are hospitalized for fall-related injuries. Of those that are injured from a fall in a home, only 28% returned to their home after hospitalization. Half required ongoing care in a skilled nursing facility.
- Recent figures show that on average more than 4,500 Denver metro residents age 65 and older are hospitalized each year with fall-related injuries.
- Facts about older adult falls: Colorado | Denver Metro | Denver Metro by County
The Answer: Coordinated Services
Addressing slips and falls among older adults is complex. There are several services available that may help to prevent falls, but these services are fragmented and typically not offered by one provider.
Research has shown that the best way to prevent falls is through a combination approach using a variety of services. The most common and effective services include:
- Physical activity programs to improve mobility, agility and balance
- Home safety checks and modifications
- Medication reviews
- Vision services
The Fall Prevention Network was created to connect older adults to a combination of services that can help prevent falls.
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Four Steps for Preventing Falls
Participate in regular physical activity for improved balance and coordination.
Make your home safer by removing things you might trip over, like papers, books, cords, clothing, and shoes.
Review your medications with a health care provider – some medications can make you feel sleepy or dizzy.
Have your vision checked at least once a year. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.