Aug. 29, 2014
-- September is designated as National Fall Prevention Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to promote and increase awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. This year, as the first day of Fall, September 23 will specifically be National Fall Prevention Day.
Falls, in particular, are a very serious problem for seniors. Falling is the leading cause of injury deaths among people ages 65 and over in the United States. According to the National Council on Aging, every 15 seconds in the United States an adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall-related injury.Falls can result in serious, lasting consequences, affecting a person's mobility,independence and even mental health. Of all fractures from falls, hip fractures cause the greatest number of deaths and lead to the most severe health problems.
Total Home Care Solutions is a home care agency that provides an array of personalized in-home services for seniors or others who may be home bound , including companionship,medication reminders, clinical care and home safety assessments. Included in the safety assessments is a review of potential hazards.Clients are assisted to make their homes safer by removing or securing tripping hazards, such as slippery throw rugs, electrical wires or extension cords, and in properly installing grab bars in their bathrooms, where most falls occur in the home. Even care must be taken to avoid tripping over lovable household pets, who may sometimes be underfoot.
For more information about preventing falls in the home and services offered by Total Home Care Solutions, call 978-974-0500. The company is located at 5 Pleasant Street, Methuen, MA 01844., serving Methuen, the Andovers, Boxford and surrounding towns in the Merrimack Valley.