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November 3rd, 2017

Over 1/3 of seniors are admitted to LONG-TERM CARE following hospitalization for a fall.  The average Canadian senior stays in hospital 10 DAYS LONGER for falls then for any other cause.  Click the MORE Button to get a list of statistics and our Daily Tweats.

#PreventFalls2017 #FallPrevention



FALLS PREVENTION MONTH – NOVEMBER 2017

DAILY TWEATS

 

#PreventFalls2017 #FallPrevention

 

Keep your independence! Anyone can fall, but as you grow older, the risk increases. Every year one in three seniors will fall. Falls prevention isn’t just about stopping falls before they happen. It’s about keeping your independence.

 

  1. Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians.

  2. 215 Older Adults are hospitalized each day in Canada because of a fall.

  3. 20-30% of seniors experience 1 + fall per year.

  4. Falls cause 85% of seniors injury-related hospitalizations.

  5. Falls cause 95% of all hip fractures.

  6. Falls cause $2 BILLION a year in health care costs.

  7. Over 1/3 of seniors are admitted to LONG-TERM CARE following hospitalization for a fall.

  8. The average Canadian senior stays in hospital 10 DAYS LONGER for falls then for any other cause.

  9. Falls can result in chronic pain, reduced mobility, loss of independence and even death.

  10. 50% of falls causing hospitalization happen at home.

  11. Injuries due to falls rose 43% between 2003 and 2008.

  12. Deaths due to falls rose 65% between 2003 and 2008.

  13. Fall Prevention Tip 1: Slow down and take time to be safe.

  14. Fall Prevention Tip 2: Be physically active for a total of 30 to 60 minutes most days.

  15. Fall Prevention Tip 3: Have your vision and hearing checked regularly.

  16. Fall Prevention Tip 4: Discuss your medication & supplements with your doctor or pharmacist.

  17. Fall Prevention Tip 5: Eat a healthy balanced diet, drink plenty of water & limit your alcohol.

  18. Fall Prevention Tip 6: When walking outside, be aware of your surroundings and watch where you step.

  19. Fall Prevention Tip 7: Use safety equipment such as canes, walkers, grab bars & rubber bath mats.

  20. Fall Prevention Tip 8: Wear non-slip shoes, boots & slippers that fit well & seek treatment for foot problems

  21. Fall Prevention Tip 9: Use a night-light and keep a flashlight by your bed.

  22. Fall Prevention Tip 10: Complete a home safety checklist available online or through your healthcare provider.

  23. 6 Warning Signs of Falls: 1. Had a fall in the past six months 2. A fear of falling 3. On medication or drugs such as blood pressure pills 4. Have balance and mobility issues 5. Have a medical condition such as Parkinson's Disease or Alzheimer’s 6. Have vision problems

  24. Taking care of your feet and shoes are important to help prevent falls.

  25. Footwear Tips to prevent falls: 1. Wear well-fitting shoes that provide support and allow room if your feet swell 2. Buy shoes late in the day, if your feet swell. 3. Avoid walking in bare feet, stocking feet or floppy slippers with an open heel. 4. Wear supportive footwear inside your home.

  26. To help reduce fall risk in the home be sure to have good lighting, remove tripping hazard, and have handrails on stairs and in bathrooms as well as slip free mats.

  27. Pets like to stay close – be aware not to trip over your cat or dog.

  28. Outside the home, watch slippery surfaces like snow & ice, uneven surfaces like sidewalk cracks.

  29. Regular physical activity can improve balance, increase muscle strength and prevent falls. It’s never too late to get active.

  30. As you age, the way some medications affect you can change and increase your risk of falling. Medications that relax you, help you sleep or improve your mood can increase your risk of falling.

 

Sample Tweats from the social media guide as well:

 

  1. November is Fall Prevention Month. Join the movement! #PreventFalls2017 #FallPrevention http://fallpreventionmonth.ca/

  2. Working in #FallPrevention? Download the #PreventFalls2017 toolkit: http://fallpreventionmonth.ca/toolkit

  3. It takes a community to prevent a fall. We all have a role to play. #PreventFalls2017 #FallPrevention

  4. Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adult Canadians. 20-30% of seniors experience 1+ falls each year. #PreventFalls2017

  5. Over ⅓ of seniors who are hospitalized for a fall are discharged to long-term care. #FallPrevention #keepseniorsathome #PreventFalls2017

  6. Know an older adult who has fallen? Take action to prevent it from happening again. #PreventFalls2017 http://fallpreventionmonth.ca/

  7. Falls account for 85% of injury-related hospitalizations among seniors. Let’s take action to prevent them! #FallPrevention #PreventFalls2017

  8. Join us for [insert event name] on [insert event date] and help us #PreventFalls2017

  9. Attention older adults! Get tips to lower your risk of falling: http://ow.ly/xsS830ezxD5

  10. Attention health professionals! Check out these resources to support your work in #fallprevention. http://ow.ly/yuFg30ezzem

  11. Approximately 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 are likely to fall at least once each year #PreventFalls2017 http://ow.ly/lIlH30ezwfN

  12. Looking for fall prevention resources for older adults? Check: http://ow.ly/lIlH30ezwfN #PreventFalls2017

  13. The average Canadian senior stays in hospital 10 days longer for falls than for any other cause. #PreventFalls2017

Posted on November 3rd, 2017