Slips, trips & falls

The 10th Annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22, 2017
  • According to KSPAN, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among Kentucky residents ages 65+. 
  • In 2014 there were 8164 fall-related inpatient hospitalizations for Kentucky residents ages 65+. 
  • From 2005-2014, total hospital charges for fall-related inpatient hospitalizations involving Kentucky residents ages 65+ have tripled.
  • KIPDA rates.

Why do people fall?

  • Loss of footing or traction
  • Slow reflexes
  • Balance problems
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Poor vision
  • Illness
  • Effects of medications
  • Drinking alcohol

Preventing falls

  • Use a cane or walker
  • Wear rubber-soled shoes
  • Walk on grass when sidewalks are slick
  • Put salt or kitty litter on icy sidewalks
  • Keep rooms free of clutter
  • Use plastic or carpet runners
  • Wear low-heeled shoes
  • Do not walk in socks or slippers
  • Be sure rugs have skid-proof backs or are tacked to the floor
  • Be sure stairs are well lit and have rails on both sides
  • Put grab bars on bathroom walls near tub, shower and toilet
  • Use a nonskid bathmat in the shower or tub
  • Keep a flashlight next to your bed
  • Use a sturdy stepstool with a handrail and wide steps
  • Add more light in rooms
  • Buy a cordless phone so you do not have to rush to answer the phone when it rings

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