Did you know that according to stats Canada an estimated 20-30% of seniors fall one ore more times each year? Falls cause 85% of senior’s hospitalizations and 95% of hip fractures. Out of the 85%, 50% of all falls causing hospitalization happen at home and over 1/3 of all seniors are admitted to long-term care following a hospitalization due to a fall. Falls can result in chronic pain, reduced mobility, loss of independence and even death.
Yes, it is a big deal.
*The average Canadian senior had to stay in hospital 10 days longer for falls than for any other cause.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than one out of four older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor.
The reasons why seniors don’t tell their doctor or talk to their loved ones about having a fall at home are many, for example they may feel shame or judgement that they can no longer live independently. After a fall seniors may have anxiety about leaving their home for social or regular daily activities in case they fall again thus leading to isolation and depression.
The good news is there are ways to prevent falls.