Facts About Falls
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries to individuals over age 65
- The estimated annual cost of treating fall related injuries is $30 billion
What Can You Do To Help Prevent Falls?
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review medications for interactions or side effects (dizziness or drowsiness)
- Walk daily to improve leg strength and endurance
- Monitor your blood pressure and blood sugar
- Always count to at least three when coming up to standing before taking a step
What Can You Do To Prevent Falls In The Home?
- Remove all non-secured throw rugs
- Clear walking paths of furniture or electrical cords
- Ensure handrails on both sides of steps are sturdy
- Have good lighting on stairs, outside paths, and walkway between bedroom and bathroom
- Go up steps with “strong” leg and down with "bad" leg
- Keep commonly used items at level that is easy to reach
- Use grab bars inside and outside of tub and shower
- Keep a phone on you at all times or purchase a personal emergency response system
Feel at risk for falls? Talk to your doctor, get a referral for a Physical Therapy evaluation at 216-286-7342 (REHAB).