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The majority of hospitals implement fall prevention strategies. Studies suggest that falls may be overlooked, mainly because the patients are admitted for other reasons. If a fall occurs in the hospital, a promising recovery may take longer than expected. Patients may prefer to stay in bed as it may be safer than walking through corridors. However, mobility and strength can be increased when walking is done as often as possible. It is beneficial for hospitals to have employees learn how to protect patients from falling as each patient is unique. Some patients can fall as a result of mental status or from medications that put them at a higher risk for falls. Unanticipated falls can include people who suddenly experience a stroke or seizure, and different fall prevention protocols are often put in place. If you or a loved one would like to learn more fall prevention techniques, it is suggested that you reach out to a podiatrist who can provide you with helpful tips.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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