A “FALL” is an unexpected event in which the persons results on the floor, ground or lower level. There are many risk factors for falls, below is some advice and warning signs for falls prevention.
All Older Adults May Be At a Risk Of Falling, But Especially If They Have One Or More Of The Following:
Have had an unexplained trip or fall in the last 6 months.
Have poor balance – need to use a stick or hold onto objects to keep their balance.
Have difficulty with walking or getting up from a knee-high chair.
Are taking 4 or more prescribed medications regularly.
Have dizzy spells, lightheadedness, palpitations or low blood pressure.
Are becoming unsteady on their feet, or unable to do as much for themselves as they used to.
Have a visual impairment.
Have a fear of falling.
Are affected by stroke, Parkinson's disease or dementia.