More than 3 million older people are treated in an emergency department for fall injuries every year. One of five falls causes serious injury such as broken bones or head injury. And more than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls.
It is expected that fall rates in the US will increase by 30% and cause 7 deaths every hour by 2030. (www.cdc.gov/homeandRecreationalSafety )
What conditions make you more likely to fall?
- Lower body weakness
- Vitamin D deficiency (low levels of vitamin D in your system)
- Difficulties with walking and balance
- Use of medicines, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.
- Vision problems
- Foot pain or improper footwear
- Home hazards or dangers such as
- broken or uneven steps, and
- throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over.
Our team will assess your condition and risk factors to create a personalized plan that reduces fall risk factors and improves your quality of life.