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Fall Risk Management

One in four older adults fall every year. Older adults who have fallen once are two to three times more likely to fall again.

 

But did you know that most falls can be avoided?

The result of a fall can be both physical, such as a hip fracture, or emotional, such as the fear of falling again. Both of these can reduce quality of life. Falls are not a normal part of aging, and while no fall can be totally prevented, there is a lot that can be done to reduce the chances of a fall.

Favor Home Care encourages its clients and families to take proactive steps to reduce at-home fall risks by talking with their primary care physician about these common risk factors:

 

  • Underlying medical conditions

  • Certain medications

  • Strength and balance abilities

  • Vision

  • Footwear

  • Blood pressure

  • Environment 

When risk factors are not managed properly, it can lead to an unplanned fall. And when falls do happen, we work hard to identify the reasons and develop the right plan for you.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Favor Home Care is a proud partner with The Electronic Caregiver! These units can be used in conjunction with home care for those times when your loved one may still be alone. Check out https://ecgcarepartner.com/miketharp/ or call our office a 501-725-2273 for more information or for a free demonstration.

  • The CDC's STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) tools and resources can help you screen, assess and intervene to reduce the risk of falling. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/steadi

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INTRINSIC Factors
  • Advanced age

  • Previous falls

  • Muscle weakness

  • Gait and balance problems

  • Poor vision

  • Postural hypotension

  • Chronic conditions including arthritis, stroke, incontinence, diabetes, Parkinson's, dementia

  • Fear of falling

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EXTRINSIC Factors
  • Lack of stair handrails

  • Poor stair design

  • Lack of bathroom grab bars

  • Dim lighting or glare

  • Obstacles or tripping hazards

  • Slippery or uneven surfaces

  • Psychoactive medications

  • Improper use of assistive device