‘Tis the season to fall-proof your home

‘Tis the season to fall-proof your home

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Nov. 17, 2017)—The holidays are about spending time with family and friends. And while many people focus on fulfilling holiday traditions like decorating their homes, shopping for presents, and hosting parties, they often forget to fall-proof their homes.

Falls are dangerous and can cause serious fractures that could impact one’s ability to move and carry-out daily functions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 300,000 adults age 65 years and older, are hospitalized for hip fractures each year, and more than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling.

“While older people are at an increased risk for falls due to the normal effects of aging such as decreased quality of vision, balance and strength, a popular misconception is that they’re the only ones at risk,” said orthopaedic trauma surgeon and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon spokesperson Lisa Cannada, MD. “The reality is people of all ages are at risk for falls due to environmental and health factors. The first step to reducing your risk is making necessary changes in your home.”

Fall-proofing is not only beneficial for new house guests who are visiting this season. It’s also helpful to people who are familiar with their home surroundings. The AAOS and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), whose members treat patients who sustain fractures and injuries from a fall, encourage everyone to consider the following tips to enjoy a fall-free holiday:
   

 

 

 

For more fall-proofing safety tips visit the AAOS and OTA Falls Awareness and Prevention Guide.


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Kelly King Johnson
phone: 847-384-4033
email: king@aaos.org

Sheryl Cash
phone: 847-384-4032
email: scash@aaos.org