Recent research shows a dramatic increase in injuries and even deaths from falls in older Americans.
One out of every five falls leads to a serious injury such as arm, leg or hip fractures. In 2018, CAMC General Hospital treated 1,149 patients with fall-related injuries.
There are many causes for falls in and around your home.
Common causes of falls
Here are some tips to help prevent falls and fall-related injuries.
To make your home safer, install grab bars in the bathroom around the shower and commode, ensure hallways are properly lit (especially at night) and remove tripping hazards such as cords or rugs from floors.
Other Fall Prevention tips
For more information on preventing falls, visit the CAMC Health Information Center online.