If you have fallen recently, or are concerned about falling, you may be eligible to participate in a fall prevention program offered through the Trauma Service and Emergency Department at Stanford University Medical Center.
Did you know that nearly half of older adults 65 years and older who have fallen in the past will fall again? Falls can cause many emotional and physical challenges to seniors resulting in loss of independence, loss of self-confidence, which may require a change in living arrangements such as moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility.
A hip fracture is one of the most devastating fall-related injuries, which often leads to long-term hospitalization and even death. Don’t let this happen to you or someone you love. Instead do everything you can to minimize the possibility of future falls by enrolling in the Farewell to Falls program, a free, home-based fall prevention program available to seniors, age 65 years or older, who live in Santa Clara County.
The Farewell to Falls program includes a medication review, home safety assessment and modification, home exercise program and more. Seniors will be provided with two home visits by a registered occupational therapist, who will gather information about health history and daily living skills, complete a balance and mobility assessment, get a list of all medications to be reviewed by a Stanford pharmacist, do a complete home safety survey as well as recommend fall risk reduction methods and introduce an exercise program. A follow-up third visit will be made one year after the enrollment.
In addition to being 65 years or older participants must live independently such as in a home, condominium, townhouse, apartment or senior retirement unit. Seniors must be able to provide their own health history and be able to follow instructions. They must have a television with a VCR or DVD (to watch instructional videos) and participants must have the willingness to follow a 30-minute exercise routine at least three times a week.
Fortunately, seniors can take action now to prevent many falls and maintain their health and independence for years to come.
Take action now! Here is a list of a few things you can do on your own to prevent falls.
- Make sure your home is well lit.
- Use a night light for middle of the night trips to the bathroom.
- Be sure throw rugs have a non-slip backing.
- Use censored lights in on the front porch, driveway and backyard.
- If you own a pet, always be aware of its presence , so you don't trip over it!
- Keep extension cords out of your walking path.
- Only walk on even surfaces.
- Watch for snow and ice on the road.
- Keep your home neat and tidy and keep the clutter away.
- Store items frequently used in easy to reach places to avoid having to step on a ladder.
For more information on the fall prevention program, visit Farewell to Falls.