Pemi-Baker Hospice & Home Health is proud to announce its participation in Fall Prevention Month this September. Falls are the leading cause of injuries among older adults, and Pemi-Baker is committed to raising awareness and promoting safety measures to prevent these accidents within the home.
Each year, millions of older adults suffer from fall-related injuries, leading to hospitalizations, reduced quality of life, and increased healthcare costs. Fall Prevention Month serves as a vital opportunity to educate the community about the importance of fall prevention and offer guidance on creating safer home environments for older adults.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are responsible for numerous injuries, including fractures, head injuries, and even fatalities. The physical, emotional, and financial toll of falls is significant, and Pemi-Baker Hospice & Home Health is dedicated to making a positive impact by sharing valuable information and resources on fall prevention.
Key Ways to Prevent Falls in the Home:
- Home Safety Assessment: One of the first steps in fall prevention is conducting a thorough home safety assessment. Identifying and addressing potential hazards like loose rugs, cluttered walkways, and poor lighting can significantly reduce the risk of falls.
- Medication Management: Many medications can cause dizziness or unsteadiness, increasing the likelihood of falls. Regular medication reviews with healthcare providers can help adjust doses or find safer alternatives.
- Exercise and Balance Training: Engaging in regular exercise, especially strength and balance training, can improve stability and coordination, reducing the risk of falls. Activities like tai chi and yoga are particularly beneficial.
- Vision Care: Regular eye check-ups are crucial as poor vision can lead to falls. Ensure that eyeglass prescriptions are up to date, and adequate lighting is available in all areas of the home.
- Assistive Devices: The use of assistive devices like grab bars, handrails, and non-slip mats in bathrooms and other high-risk areas can significantly enhance safety.
- Footwear: Encourage the use of proper footwear with non-slip soles and good arch support, both indoors and outdoors.
- Stay Hydrated and Nourished: Dehydration and poor nutrition can lead to weakness and unsteadiness. Maintaining a balanced diet and staying hydrated are essential for overall health and fall prevention.
- Home Health Services: Pemi-Baker Hospice & Home Health offers home health services, including skilled nursing and physical therapy, to help older adults maintain their independence and reduce fall risk.
“We are dedicated to the well-being of our community, especially its older members,” said Danielle Paquette-Horne, RN, Executive Director of Pemi-Baker Hospice & Home Health. “We hope to empower individuals with the knowledge and tools they need to stay safe in their homes and enjoy a higher quality of life.”
Pemi-Baker Hospice & Home Health encourages everyone to join in their efforts to prevent falls and promote safety within the home. For more information and to access free resources, or contact our team at 603-536-2232.
Pemi-Baker Hospice & Home Health is a trusted, nonprofit agency proudly serving 32 towns in central and northern NH since 1967. Expert services include at-home healthcare and physical therapies (VNA), hospice and palliative care, and community programs including: American Red Cross CPR/AED/FA, Caregiver and Bereavement Support Groups and Ask A Pemi-Baker Nurse days at your local senior centers. Providing compassionate care with experienced staff who are trained, certified professionals and also your neighbors. In your time of need, we’re right where you need us.