Why Fall Prevention Efforts Matter

The Stats:

  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury in older Americans.

  • For Americans over the age of 65, 1 in 4 fall each year.

  • Every 11 seconds a senior is treated in the emergency room after a fall.

  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually.

While these statistics are scary, it is important to realize that falls are completely preventable when the right adjustments are made. So, what are some strategies to prevent falls?

In the Bathroom:

Tips from a physical therapist

Source: Ezra Home Care video "How to prevent falls in the bathroom?"

Around the Home:

Use color for fall prevention

To help prevent falls, red tape can be placed near thresholds in the home. The bright color attracts your loved one to look downward, which helps prevent falls. The tape may be used to outline the edges of things like steps, doorways, and tables.

Source: “Caregiver Tips: Use Color for Fall Prevention.” AARP, www.aarp.org/caregiving/tips-hacks/mobility/colored-tape-for-fall-prevention/.

Similarly, if your loved one has difficulty getting around the house at night, consider placing glow in the dark tape near light switches, near stairs, and in hallways to make navigation easier at night.

Source: “Caregiver Tips: Use Glow in the Dark Tape as a Night Guide.” AARP, www.aarp.org/caregiving/tips-hacks/mobility/glow-in-the-dark-tape/.

Additional Source: “Falls Prevention Facts.” NCOA, 4 June 2018, www.ncoa.org/news/resources-for-reporters/get-the-facts/falls-prevention-facts/.