September is National Falls Prevention Month and in Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has issued a proclamation calling for community partnerships to promote a falls free Arizona. Our most recent data from 2015 shows more than half of falls-related hospitalizations end up in skilled nursing facilities. People 85 and older have the highest rates of fatal and nonfatal fall injuries.
Ask your healthcare provider for a referral to one of the evidence-based physical activity programs such as Tai Chi for arthritis, Matter of Balance, and SAIL. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging Senior Helpline for a home safety assessment. You can also make simple changes to your environment that can help prevent falls. Below is a list of ten things you can buy for less than $20 that will lower your risk for a fall.
· Shower or bathtub mat
· Grab Bars for your shower or tub
· Non-slip bathtub strips
· Velcro strips to secure electrical cords
· Non-slip safety grip pad for rugs
· Motion sensor sight light
· Slip resistant socks
· Non-slip tape (skid tape for stairs)
· Raised toilet seat
· Wheelchair seatbelt
To learn more about falls and related resources please visit our Falls Prevention Website.