Hospital stresses importance of fall prevention

Alan Wu

May 31, 2011

Patients at the Cowra Hospital are now receiving a very important message from healthcare professionals – don't slip, according to The Cowra Guardian. The Australia-based facility is one of the latest to try and emphasize the importance of fall prevention and protection. 

Staff gave patients pamphlets in order to spread awareness of the harmful consequences of these incidents and designed a 20-page booklet on how to safely protect against the injuries. They also recommended that older adults should check their fall risk often.

"Older people experiencing falls should talk to a health professional who can assess what factors are causing them to fall and provide advice on the actions they can take to reduce their risk of falling and maintain their health," Dr. Kerry Chant told the news provider.

Seniors who are afraid of their own fall risk may want to consider investing in a medical alarm system as well. This device can be installed at home and enables users to immediately contact an emergency call center if they require assistance.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in three Americans over the age of 65 fall each year.  

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