Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention2019-10-08T18:38:34+00:00

HMOTA is joining the National Coalition on Aging (NCOA) in their goal to decrease emergency room visits due to falls by 10%

Falls are not okay

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
  • In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
  • The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.

Falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.

For people at risk of falling and caregivers

Resources to identify fall risk and fall prevention.

Information to prevent falls.

Balance screen.

Fall prevention information.

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For organizations serving at risk populations

Resources to identify fall risk and fall prevention.

Information to prevent falls.

Balance screen.

Fall prevention information.

Power point presentation on fall prevention.

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For OT's serving at risk populations

Resources to identify fall risk and fall prevention.

Information to prevent falls.

Balance screen.

Customizable fall prevention information.

Customizable power point presentation on fall prevention.

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