On this first day of fall, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center asks older adults to activly try to prevent falls in their home. September 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day.
Nurses at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center said more traumas are seen in their level 1 trauma center because of injuries sustained in falls than for any other reason.
Nurse Ashley Alley said each year, millions of older adults, over the age of 65 experience a fall
She said these type of falls can cause hip fractures, lacerations, head traumas, and increase the risk of an early death.
It’s imprtant to help prevent falls , Alley said, by exercising regularly, focusing on increasing leg strength and improving balance.
Many of these exercises can be done using small weights or a chain in your own home, like crossing your arm sand standing up and sitting down in a chair.
Alley said you should also review your medications – both prescription and over-the-counter to identify medicines that may cause dizziness.
Nurses said it’s help[ful to get your eyes checked and reduce trip hazards at home by removing clutter. Also wear sensible shoes – well fitting, low heeled, rubber soled shoes can help you keep your footing.
Alley said if you do experience a fall, call 911 and consult a hospital professional about taking these safety measures in your own home