The season of fall brings many fond memories and fun times to be had. However, the first day of fall is Falls Prevention Day which brings people’s attention to the risk of an older adult falling. It’s an extremely common occurrence, yet many people are prepared. The play on words as far as the name of this day was only the start to gaining awareness to this important cause.
What is Falls Prevention Day?
As mentioned, the first day of fall, September 23rd, is Falls Prevention Day. This day has been set aside as a way to bring awareness to the risk of falls experienced by older adults. Kids can fall and often bounce right back up. However, as adults age, falling is a lot scarier and can even in death. Reports of the elderly falling and injuring themselves are a common occurrence. Therefore, this day exists to educate all ages on preventing falls, the risks related to falling, what to do if you or a loved one has fallen, and even ways to help protect you or loved ones just in case someone isn’t around to help.
How Can We Prevent Falls?
The best way to prevent you or a loved one falling is to keep houses and walkways clear of clutter and potential tripping hazards. Having railings on stairs or in bathtubs/showers is a huge help since they can be used to catch one’s self before falling. Wear non-slip shoes, don’t wear clothing than can trip you up, and avoid stairs. Of course, there are many other ways to prevent falls depending on your specific circumstances. For this, simply evaluate you or your loved one’s living quarters, walking areas, outside, etc. Remove any potential hazards and think deeply about incidents that could occur and fix what could cause them.
How Can I Help?
Outside of making sure you and your loved one’s have a safe space, clear of hazards, you can help in other ways. You can speak up or speak out about awareness at work, school, etc. These places need to be fall proof as well and bringing awareness could save someone from being in an accident. You can also make sure that loved ones have a monitor or an easy way to contact someone if they’ve fallen. If a loved one or someone you know has a hard time getting around, check in on them or help them get help on a daily basis with their mobility. There are bracelets, necklaces, etc. that exist as a quick access alarm for those who are at a high risk of falling. However, the best way to help is to ensure those who are around you are protected. It’s better if a fall never occurs in the first place. The best way to do that is to practice prevention.