Fall Prevention for Caregivers

Preventing Kansas City Seniors From Falling – What Caregivers Need To Know.

The Statistics

Falls by the elderly are a real concern as our population ages. The CDC published statistics in Feb. 2012 showing a significant increase in the number of falls for the age group of 75 and older.

Rate* of Nonfatal, Medically Consulted Fall Injury Episodes,† by Age Group

The figure shows the rate of nonfatal, medically consulted fall injury episodes, by age group, in the United States during 2010, according to the National Health Interview Survey. In 2010, the overall rate of nonfatal fall injury episodes for which a health-care professional was contacted was 43 per 1,000 population. Rates increased with age for adults aged ≥18 years. Persons aged 18-44 years had the lowest rate of medically consulted falls (26 per 1,000), and persons aged ≥75 years had the highest rate (115).

* Per 1,000 population. † Annualized rates of injury episodes for which a health-care professional was contacted either in person or by telephone for advice or treatment. An injury episode refers to a traumatic event in which the person experienced one or more injuries from an external cause. § Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population. ¶ 95% confidence interval.

Source: Adams PF, Martinez ME, Vickerie JL, Kirzinger WK. Summary health statistics for the U.S. population: National Health Interview Survey, 2010. Vital Health Stat 2011;10(251).  
 

Sometimes your loved one isn’t even aware that they are becoming unsteady until it is too late.  One fall can rob your loved one of his/her independence and dignity if the fall results in a long-term injury like a broken hip.

 

How can my podiatrist help my loved one prevent falls?

Are there exercises I can suggest to my loved one to help balance?