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Falls Prevention Awareness Week 2022

Posted on: September 18 2022

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence, and generate enormous economic and personal costs. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other falls research:

  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults.
  • The cost of treating injuries caused by falls is projected to increase to over $101 billion by 2030.
  • Falls result in more than 3 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations.
  • In 2015, the total cost of non-fatal fall injuries was $50 billion.
  • Each year about $754 million is spent on medical costs related to fatal falls.
  • For older adults in the U.S., fall death rates went up by 30% from 2007-2016, and researchers predict there will be 7 deadly falls every hour by 2030.
  • People with mild hearing loss are nearly three times as likely to fall, with each 10 decibels of hearing loss increasing fall risk.
  • The majority (60%) of falls happen in the home, 30% in a public setting, and 10% in a health care center.

Do you know your falls risk? Answer 12 easy questions using NCOA’s Falls Free Checkup to see how you can maintain your independence and stay falls free.

These national trip and fall statistics are startling. And what is even more jarring is that most of these are preventable! There are many ways of reducing the risk of falls in a home and having a home care assessment from Around the Clock Home Care is one of them. One of the goals with our home care assessment is to identify and mitigate fall risks around your home. We can provide recommendations after viewing your home environment along with yours answers with our assessment regarding health, lifestyle and abilities.

If you are interested in a home care assessment, please contact us. It will be well worth your time.

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