Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among people 65 and older, and almost a third of that age group experiences a fall each year.  With Falls Prevention Awareness Day right around the corner, it’s important to spread awareness about safety and preventing disabling falls.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Discuss fall prevention with your doctor to develop an individualized plan
  • Exercise regularly and have your vision checked
  • Wear sensible, sturdy shoes
  • Use a cane or walker for balance as needed
  • Keep all living spaces brightly lit
  • Avoid obstacles such as household clutter and slippery surfaces, especially ice or wet floors
  • Install a raised toilet, safety handrails and rubber mats in the bathroom

Paragon Rehabilitation is excited to include Falls Prevention Awareness Day into our many community/patient events programs! Paragon helps spread awareness every year throughout our facilities by promoting falls prevention awareness activities, strength/balance programs, home modification to decrease falls and educational programs. For more information about activities and programs in your area, please contact your local Paragon therapy staff.