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Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​What is a fall?

Slips, trips, and falls happen to anyone. Many people think, “It won’t happen to me.” They believe falls are not important to them. Some think a fall is a sign of getting older, and there is nothing they can do to stop it. Others think it is good information for someone else.

A fall is when you slip, trip or fall suddenly onto the ground or floor. You could even bump against a wall or land on the stairs. The fall may or may not cause an injury.

Falls can happen anywhere. You can fall in your home, in the community, or in a hospital.

People fall for many reasons. These are called risk factors. They include health conditions and choices we make, like shoes we wear. Know your risk factors so you can take action to reduce your chance of falling.

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The good news:

  • Most falls can be prevented.
  • You can take action to stay mobile and independent.

Myths

  • Falls just happen and I cannot do anything to stop them.
  • Falls will happen more often as I get older.

Facts

  • Falls are not a normal part of aging.
  • Falls are the leading cause of serious injuries in older adults.
  • Adults over 65 have 9 times more fall injuries than those under 65.
  • Falls can change your life and take away independence.
  • 40% of nursing home admissions are because of complications from a fall.
  • Falls can happen to anyone, but you can take action to help prevent a fall.

Continue reading to find suggestions on how to take action and stay independent.

Current as of: June 30, 2017

Author: Fall Risk Management Program