Falls are a major threat to the health and independence. Each year, one in every three adults ages 65 years or older falls and 2 million are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries, such as hip fractures. Thankfully, falls are not inevitable part of getting older, and many falls can be prevented. Bothell Fire and E.M.S. has a fall prevention program to help seniors assess risks and offer solutions.
To schedule a home fall prevention assessment, please contact the Public Education Division at 425-806-6106.
Fall Prevention Tips
Follow these tips to help prevent the risk of a fall:
Exercise - A lack of exercise can lead to weak legs and increase the chances of falling.
Medications - Be mindful of medications - or combinations of medications, which can have side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness.
Vision - Poor vision can make it harder to get around safely. Older adults should have their eyes checked once a year and wear glasses or contact lenses with the right prescription.
Eliminate hazards - About half of all falls happen at home. A home safety check can help identify potential fall hazards, such as tripping, clutter, and poor lighting.