One in three seniors fall every year! And the risk of falling increases with each decade we age. It is a sad fact that seniors with chronic conditions fall and require emergency transport up to 54 percent more often than peers without chronic conditions.
Assisted living communities reduce the risk of falls by:
- Activities – Increased leg strength reduces risk.
- Space planning – Reducing the hazards found in most homes.
- Support – Giving that extra mobility assistance needed.
- Medication – Monitoring medication side effects and helping ensure proper dosing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips to help reduce hazards in the home. If you are looking into assisted living, ask the community how they help reduce the risk of falls!