Is a senior in your life at risk of falling?
In British Columbia, falls are the number one cause of injury and death in seniors. While the highest percentage of falls are caused by simply slipping, tripping and stumbling, the good news is that falls are easy to prevent. Fall prevention week runs from November 7 to 13, and we have tips to help keep your loved ones safe year round.
A senior isn’t as likely to fall if they have strong muscles and good balance. Encourage activities that improve balance and mobility.
Vision impairments are a leading cause of falls. Eyes should be checked by an optometrist at least once a year.
Ensure your loved one checks in with their doctor or pharmacist and lets them know if their medications are making them drowsy or dizzy.
- Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
- Keep items in cabinets that are easy to reach.
- Have grip bars installed in the shower or bath.
- Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
- Place a lamp close to the bed where it’s easy to reach.
- Install night lights.
- Ensure rooms, halls and staircases are well lit.
- Wear shoes with good rubber soles inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing loose slippers.
You can learn more about how to prevent a fall at the SeniorsBC website.
For additional resources, visit the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit fall prevention website.
Trauma Services BC is dedicated to ensuring optimal care for trauma patients in British Columbia. It supports injury prevention by providing data to provincial and regional injury prevention and public health partners. Learn more at the Trauma Services BC website.