Did you know November is Fall Prevention Month?

November is Fall Prevention Month, an annual Canadian campaign aimed at raising awareness of the impact fall-related injury has on the greater health-care sector and generating ideas to prevent falls from happening.

As part of the month, people and organizations are urged to learn about how to prevent falls from happening, raise awareness of the importance of fall prevention, and use social media to share successful best practices in fall prevention.

According to the Government of Canada website, falls are the leading cause of injury among Canadians aged 65 and older, with an estimated 20 to 30 per cent of seniors experiencing one or more falls each year.

“Falls cause 85 per cent of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations, 95 per cent of all hip fractures, $2 billion a year in direct health-care costs, and over one-third of seniors are admitted to long-term care following hospitalization for a fall,” the Government of Canada website states.

“The average Canadian senior had to stay in hospital 10 days longer for falls than for any other cause.”

OMNI Health Care long-term care homes have a strong focus on fall prevention. Physiotherapy, exercise programs, toileting regimens, family education and ensuring home areas are properly lit are among the initiatives homes take to mitigate falls.

Physiotherapy and exercise programs help enhance mobility. Assisting residents with regular toileting helps decrease the risk of a person trying to stand up on their own to make their way to the washroom. Making sure areas are well lit helps people see where they’re going.

The Fall Prevention Month website is asking people and organizations to collaborate to promote fall prevention awareness and share ideas.

“Together we can raise the profile of fall prevention and encourage everyone to see their role in preventing falls and fall-related injuries across the lifespan,” the website says.

Click here to learn more about Fall Prevention Month.

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