One of the greatest threats to the independence of older adults is the possibility of being severely injured as a result of a fall. For frail elders, a hard fall can easily result in broken bones and a long (sometimes permanent) stay in a nursing home, from which many people never fully recover. This pattern of events is devastating for families in every sense (physically, emotionally and economically), and it is far too common.
Until recently, experts believed that falls were an unavoidable part of the normal aging process. Today, that perception is changing. New research has shown it is possible to significantly reduce a senior’s chances of falling. According to one study as many as 50% of all falls in the home can be prevented using proven methods.
Area 4 is committed to reducing instances of fall-related injuries in our local communities. To learn more, click on the links below.