Fall Prevention Begins with You.
Typically how fall prevention works is you only receive a fall prevention program after you have already fallen. Our goal is for every person 65 and older should execute a fall prevention program at least yearly.
As we age in our homes, we not only accumulate more objects in our home we tend to not see what could actually cause a fall. With our 500+ point in home assessment, you will be walked through each individual item and be provided with actionable recommendations.
In many cases, basic home fall prevention items can be covered by Medicare. As per CDC documentation, Medicare Part B covers durable medical equipment if the equipment has been deemed by a physician or treating practitioner to be medically necessary. iFALLCEPT can be used to start that conversation.
iFALLCEPT provides users with full reporting and recommendations with a push of a button. Sharing the results is very easy with our downloadable pdf reports.
For more information, contact Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1-(800)-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or visit www.cdc.gov/steadi
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What Can Happen After a Fall?
There are varying degrees of severity when a person falls. If you're lucky you can walk away with just a bruised ego. If you're not lucky, you could be in for a rough ride.
According to the CDC:
- Falls represent 40% of nursing home admissions.
- 300,000 seniors break their hip every year.
- According to NBI: After a hip fracture mortality study; Mean follow-up was 3.7 years (range 0-9 years). Overall 1-year postoperative mortality was 27.3% and mortality after hip fracture at the end of the follow-up was 79.0%. During the study period, the risk of mortality in hip fracture patients was 3-fold higher than that in the general population and included every major cause of death.
- Falls can cause broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures.
- Falls can cause head injuries. These can be very serious, especially if the person is taking certain medicines (like blood thinners). An older person who falls and hits their head should see their doctor right away to make sure they don’t have a brain injury.
- Many people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling
Do You know the stats?
The more you know, the more you understand how important fall prevention is in your life.
Did you know that your clothes dryer can be hazardous to you and our home?
According to the US Fire Administration, clothes dryers cause 35 million dollars of fire damage a year. 2,900 Dryers are responsible for 100 injuries, 5 deaths.
Clean your lint from your filter...and get your blower line cleaned yearly along with your air conditioning maintenance.
Kitchen Smoke Alarm Placement
If you place smoke alarms too close to food, you will get frequent false alarms. Proper alarm placement is 10 feet away from cooking surfaces.
In The News:Women and Hip Fractures
Women ages 65–69 who break a hip are five times more likely to die within a year than women of the same age who don’t break a hip, according to a Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published online today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.