Prevention of Fall Injuries Across the Lifespan Team
Our Purpose: Establish and Facilitate Best Practices in Fall Prevention for Delawareans Across the Age Span
Why: Falls are THE leading cause of injury in the United States and a leading cause of death in the
very young and the elderly. Statistics show:
- In 2012, 34% of construction fatalities were due to falls.
- In 2011, 9 million people were treated in ED departments for non-fatal falls in the US.
- Nationally in 2005, the cost of injury for hospitalization and work loss due to unintentional non-fatal falls was $39.5 billion.
Please choose from one of the following categories:
Fall Prevention Tips for Parents
Around the House
Senior Fall Prevention
Matter of Balance Classes
Fall Fact Sheet for Medical Professionals
Injury Prevention Tips
STEADI Program Explanation and Link
Move for Better Balance
National Council on Injury (NCOA)
Constituents at Risk
- The Leading Cause of Injury in the USA.
- A Leading Cause of DEATH in the USA for the Young and Old
- Occur Mainly in Children and 65+ Year Olds but ANYONE is at Risk
Parent Quick Tips:
Babies and Toddlers:
- Beware of heights - do not leave children unattended on items such as a changing table or other furniture
- Put edge protectors on sharp furniture and fireplace corners
- Use safety belts in car seats, strollers, grocery carts, etc.
- Stairs: Keep them clear and use Safety Gates
- Windows: Keep them locked and screens in place
Senior Fall Prevention:
- Falls are the Leading Cause of Injuries and Injury-Related Deaths for Seniors
- Falls are PREVENTABLE
- Fear of Falling Can Lead to Depression, Isolation, and Falls
- Plan Ahead For What You Will Do If you Fall at Home
- Exercise Regularly (Tai Chi, Moving for Better Balance, Walking - Anything To Increase Strength and Practice Balance)
- Have a Doctor or Pharmacist Review Your Medications At Least Once a Year
- Get Your Eyes Checked Regularly
- Remove Tripping Hazards in Your Home
Matter of Balance Classes are Free and Offered Throughout the State. Fall Prevention and Exercise
Information is Taught.
- Home Safety and Fall Prevention Brochures from the CDC
Fall Plan: Especially Important If You Live Alone
- Without a Plan, You Might Be On the Floor for Hours or Days
- Consider Whether You Need an Medical Alert System
- Consider Who You Can Contact and HOW You Might Contact Them – Especially If You Cannot Get Up
- Have Someone Check On You Daily Either By Phone Or In Person
- Think How You Might Stay Warm While You Wait For Help
- If You Are Not Injured, Learn How to Get Up Safely
- Prepare: Look around for a sturdy piece of furniture, or the bottom of a staircase. Do not try and stand on your own. Roll
over onto your side by turning your head in the direction you are trying to roll, then move your shoulders, arm, hips, and
finally your leg over.
- Rise: When you are ready to rise, push your body up. Lift your head up and pause for a few moments to steady yourself. Slowly
get up on your hands and knees and crawl to a sturdy chair. Lastly, place your hands on the seat of the chair and slide one foot
forward so it is flat on the floor.
- Sit: Keep the other leg bent with the knee on the floor. From this kneeling position, slowly rise and turn your body to sit
in the chair. Sit for a few minutes before you try and do anything else.
- If You Are Injured, Seek Medical Attention
IF YOU ARE ON A BLOOD THINNER: Contact Your Doctor Promptly, Especially If you Hit Your Head or Have Noticeable
Swelling or Bruising. Go to an Emergency Department Immediately If You Have Nausea, Vomiting, Vision Change, Change in Your
Alertness, Headache, or Neck Pain.
Around the Home For All Ages:
- Have Clear Paths Around Furniture
- Use Slip Resistant Mats in Kitchen and Bathrooms
- Install Handrails on Stairs and Provide Extra Lighting
- Outside: Repair Uneven Surfaces on Sidewalks, Patios, Decks and Use Anti-slip Paint on Steps
Learn More From the National Safety Council's Website
Ladder Do's and Dont's
- Do Not Use a Ladder When Intoxicated, Dizzy or Ill
- Do Not Use a Ladder in High Winds or Storms
- The Ladder Must Be The Right Size for the Job
- More Good Advice:
- Falls are a Leading Cause of Injury and Death and are PREVENTABLE!
- Based on CDC data, the average medical cost for unintentional fall-related death in 2005 is $24,659 per incident.
- CDC Data Shows that Nationally in 2005, There was a Cost of Fall Injury in People 65 years old and older of $349 Million
- Delaware's Population of Seniors Is Projected To Become One of The Highest Nationally---Some Special Senior Facts:
Above Facts About Senior Falls
are from the CDC
- 1 out of 3 Older Adults Falls Each Year
- 20 to 30 percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries—these injuries make it hard to get around or live
independently and increase risk of early death
- People Can Develop A Fear of Falling Which Leads to Limited Activity. This Leads to Decreased Mobility and Decreased Physical
Fitness and An Increased Risk of Falling
- Policies That Help Decrease Falls and Their Associated Sequela:
- Fiscally Support Primary Health Care Providers To Assess and Educate Their Senior-Aged Population on Fall Prevention
- Encourage Helmet/Protective Equipment Use in All Age Groups
- Support Home Safety Assessments and Modifications
- Promote Physical Activity
The CDC Has Compiled a Compendium Of
Effective Fall Prevention Programs For Community-Based Older Adults
Fall Prevention Team Members/Agencies:
- Christiana Care Health System’s Christiana Hospital
- Christiana Care Health System’s Wilmington Hospital
- Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
- Ingleside Retirement Apartments
- Disabled American Veterans
- Delaware Department of Aging
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