Many seniors have a beloved pet – maybe a dog or a cat who provides them with much-needed companionship and affection. However, that same pet may dart back and forth across a room, posing a falling hazard to a senior, which could cause a serious injury. This isn't to suggest that seniors shouldn't have pets – far from it - but instead illustrates that for older adults, fall risks exist in ways you may not think about.
Whether it's a physical object in the home like a pet, a cord, or a rug or diminished physical capabilities, fall risks for seniors come in many forms, with potentially serious consequences.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 25% of people age 65 and older fall each year, with falling once then doubling your chances of falling again. Furthermore, over 800,000 seniors are hospitalized annually due to injuries sustained in a fall.
It's big reason Prestige Senior Living has a Free Fall Risk Assessment available at FallRiskAssessment.com. It's available the entire month of April and we invite you to take it for either yourself or a loved one. Taking a few minutes to fill out the assessment could make all the difference.
If it might be time for you or a loved one to consider assisted living, Prestige Senior Living Huntington Terrace offers our popular Celebrations program for assisted living residents. Visit prestigecare.com and search "Huntington Terrace" to find out more.
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Gresham, OR 97030