Why fall prevention is so important
Falls are a very common occurrence for older Australian's. Find out why falls are so dangerous and the ways in which you can help prevent them.
Almost one in three older Australians fall down every year. While many escape the experience relatively unscathed, others require hospitalisation and suffer serious, long-lasting injuries.
As a result, fall prevention is of utmost importance for older Australians. In this post, we discuss why falls occur so frequently as we age, what makes them dangerous, and how they can be prevented.
Embarrassment can be common after a fall, but no one should feel this way. Falls in the elderly are a prevalent problem in our ageing population—older adults are 12 times more likely to suffer a fall than a vehicle accident.
The natural ageing process makes you more susceptible for various reasons:
Age-related health conditions can further exacerbate the risk:
As we age, our bodies become more fragile and injury-prone. A fall that wouldn’t bother a youngster could do severe damage to an older adult.
Common fall-related injuries among older Australians include:
Falls can even cause fatalities. Nearly 5,000 people die from falls in Australia each year, 95% of whom are 65 years and over.
Although 80% of falls among older Australians don’t require hospitalisation, even a minor slip can shatter your confidence. The fear of future falls may scare you off physical activities, reducing your quality of life and further increasing your risk.
The good news is you can avoid most falls with prudent preventative measures. Through technology, awareness, and a healthy lifestyle, you can greatly reduce the risk of falling.
Follow these tips to lower the likelihood of a fall:
There are also several ways you can help fall-proof your home:
The vast range of services available through a Home Care Package can help you to stay strong and mobile, and greatly reduce your fall risk. Speak with a CareAbout Adviser to learn more about how your Home Care Package can help you to prevent a fall.
If you’d like to learn more about fall prevention, we recommend visiting the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare website. Should the risk of living at home alone become too great, our expert customer service team can recommend suitable Aged Care, Home Care or NDIS providers.
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