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Anyone can be susceptible to a fall but falls create a major health concern for people aged 65 and older. With one in three Australians experiencing a fall in the last year, it’s the leading number of unintentional injury for older persons nationwide.
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18 September 2022
| Aged Care Homes
Falls prevention and awareness plays a significant role across our BaptistCare residential aged care homes in NSW and ACT every week of the year. However, this week is Falls Prevention Week 2022 across Australia (September 18-24). The following information is to raise awareness of the prevalence and impact that falls can have on the elderly and give you tips around the home that can make you and your loved ones safer.
Anyone can be susceptible to a fall but falls create a major health concern for people aged 65 and older. With one in three Australians experiencing a fall in the last year, it’s the leading number of unintentional injury for older persons nationwide. In this age bracket, one in five falls required hospitalisation.
Falls often have a bigger impact on a person’s wellbeing than people tend to realise. It’s not usually an isolated event. An initial injury from a fall can often start a detrimental cycle. A person may lose confidence in their body, become less active and minimise their movements. This in turn creates further risk of falls, as well as physical decline. With every fall we tend to become frailer. Each time it takes longer for our body to repair the damage, and increased hospital stays create more health concerns, on top of the requirement for ongoing rehabilitation.
A fall doesn’t necessarily mean a lack of concentration or lapse in judgement. Where people may say they were ‘clumsy’, there can be physical reasons for falls, this includes:
We all experience changes as we age as part of the normal aging process. You may notice feeling unsteady and perhaps balance concerns. At times, we feel our muscles are getting weaker, eyesight poorer and we experience slower reaction times. It is important to get any changes to your health reviewed by a health professional to ensure it’s not a greater concern or evolving health issue. Also, in getting your hearing and eyesight checked regularly, you can access the personal tools and equipment to adapt to the changes of aging.
It’s important to note that these changes do affect the way we move, and at times they can cause a fall.
According to the Australian Government’s HealthDirect, nearly two out of three falls happen in and around the home. It is recommended that common hazards are addressed so falls can be avoided. These include:
There are a number of ways in personal care and practical approaches that can help you protect yourself from falls in your home. It all starts with an awareness of your own body.
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the above you may be at greater risk of a fall, and it’s important to take a preventative approach by minimising risk in your environment.
In our BaptistCare aged care facilities, we take great care in following fall prevention protocols outlined by the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NHQHS) Standards as part of our quality management process.
Whilst our purpose-built facilities already include the fixtures and considerations around aging, on entering the aged care home we conduct a risk assessment and adjust the environment to meet your unique profile. We can also help acquire equipment for your use to reduce the risk of falls.
These steps include:
At BaptistCare Residential Aged Care Homes, we create strong and caring communities that focus on improving our resident’s personal wellbeing and quality of life. We have qualified health professionals who can assess, prescribe and deliver individual and group programs to maintain and/or improve health thus reducing your falls risk and promote safety. If you no longer feel safe at home due to falls or you feel you need extra care to prevent falls and injuries, click through to explore your nearest BaptistCare Aged Care Home.
Our well-trained staff can support a broad range of care needs to suit each of our residents: from those who are still fairly independent, to the ones with complex needs such as people living with dementia, right through to end of life care. We are here to be that extra support families need in ensuring their loved ones are well cared for and feel safe. Contact BaptistCare to find out how we can help you.
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