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Falls ... how can we prevent them?
Did you know?
Every year, between 20 and 30% of seniors are victims to falls. Falls can have serious consequences. For example, fall-related hospitalizations account for approximately 85% of hospitalizations for injuries among seniors. In addition, they are the cause of 95% of hip fractures. It is therefore important to better understand the factors that can contribute to falls in an attempt to prevent them.
What are the factors that influence the risk of falling?
Here are some of the things that contribute to the risk of falling:
It is possible to prevent some falls, here are some solutions:
o Remove small rugs that can slide
o Watch out for pets when you move. They are often a source of falls.
o Make sure you have lights in the hallways at night when you walk around
o Have an anti-slip carpet in the shower
o Wipe any water on the floor as soon as you can to avoid slipping
o Check that there are no wires or cords lying around. Make sure the environment is as clear as possible.
If you think you are at risk of falling, a health professional such as a physiotherapist can make a full assessment of your condition and give advice and recommendations to address this problem.
|Author - Karine has been a physiotherapist at Physio Max since 2017. She completed her bachelor's and master's degree in physiotherapy at Université Laval (Québec) in 2016. Her main clinical interest is the treatment of concussions and vestibular disorders. In addition, she enjoys the sports side of the profession, including being the local Midget AAA hockey team's physiotherapist.|