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.
Continue reading to find suggestions on how to take action and stay independent.
Current as of: June 30, 2019
Author: Fall Risk Management Program
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