September 22, 2016
The first day of the 2016 fall season has been designated as National Falls Prevention Day, and it represents the 9th annual focus to this important clinical area. In an effort to provide you with fall prevention strategies, muscle strengthening tips and to increase your overall safety related to fall risk, Aegis Therapies is pleased to share the following information.
Visit the National Council on Aging to access a list of 10 myths associated with falling and get the facts about preventing falls. https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/preventing-falls-tips-for-older-adults-and-caregivers/debunking-the-myths-of-older-adult-falls
Environmental safety is very important in fall prevention. Consider the items noted on these checklists recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) including clearing floors, making stairs more accessible, and kitchens and bathrooms safer. http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/pubs/english/booklet_eng_desktop-a.pdf
Or, consider utilizing this room-by-room checklist from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to help reduce your chances of falling: http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Assets/0b94cd33-692c-4b32-8741-2cfb6e6a4ba0/634427092947330000/homesafetychecklist-falls-pd
Consult with your healthcare professional and consider developing an individualized wellness or rehabilitation program to increase your strength and support your independence.