Bridgemoor Transitional Care provides fall-prevention measures for older adults during National Safety Month
AUSTIN, Texas—During the month of June, Bridgemoor Transitional Care joins the National Safety Council in celebrating National Safety Month to raise awareness of injuries from falls at home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated three million older adults are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year.
While everyone is at risk of tripping or stumbling, falls are one of the leading causes of injury and death among the elderly. The CDC reports more than 800,000 patients are hospitalized annually due to injuries from a fall, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture. Even after a hospital stay, these injuries can make it difficult for a person to enjoy everyday activities, or live on their own.
Bridgemoor Transitional Care, a short-term rehabilitation center with locations in Round Rock, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Webster, offers the following fall-prevention measures to keep older adults independent and out of the hospital.
- Make your home accessible. Arrange or remove furniture so there is plenty of room for walking (especially if using a walker or a cane). If you have difficulty with balance or walking, add safe and sturdy grab bars or handrails throughout your walking path to ease navigation. If you have a cane or a walker, keep it nearby.
- Keep the floors clear of trip hazards. Remove clutter in your home, especially on the floor and around commonly walked paths, such as between your bed and bathroom. Eliminate rugs, if possible. If you wear socks or slippers around your house, make sure they have grips on the bottom to reduce slipping while walking.
- Use lighting in all rooms. Keep a flashlight close by when your room is dark. Increase bright lighting and the number of nightlights in your house, if necessary.
- Stay active. If possible, begin an exercise program to improve leg strength and balance. The National Institutes for Health offers easy exercises you can practice at home on the website go4life.nia.nih.gov.
- Talk to your doctor. Talk to your doctor about your personal fall risk. Risk factors include medications that can cause drowsiness, dizziness or lightheadedness; foot pain; and changes in vision. Make sure you are wearing the right footwear and have your vision checked for common age-related changes, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts.
In addition to these safety measures, the National Council on Aging has a search tool that allows you to search for fall prevention programs in your area. Visit www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention to find a program near you.
The time needed to recover from a fall can feel long and difficult, often leading to a loss of independence. It may even require prolonged hospitalization or time in a rehabilitation/nursing care facility before it is deemed safe to return home. If a rehabilitation stay is needed, Bridgemoor Transitional Care offers personalized, cost-effective transitional care following a hospital visit that enables patients to regain their highest level of independence as quickly as possible.
About Bridgemoor Transitional Care:
Bridgemoor Transitional Care provides personalized, cost-effective care after a hospital stay that serves as a bridge between the hospital and home. With locations in Round Rock, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Webster, this model of care from a physician-led team is designed to return patients home faster, reduce their likelihood of returning to the hospital, and ultimately, reduce the total cost of care.