National Falls Prevention Day 2021

Posted 9/22/2021 in Quality

Brought to you by Regional Medical Center

Regional Medical Center (RMC) is recognizing National Falls Prevention Day today and everyday. Decreasing falls within our facilities and specifically in the Inpatient Departments is a high priority at RMC. 

“At admission, and repeatedly throughout their stay, a fall risk assessment is completed on patients. Extra steps are put in place to protect those patients who are deemed high fall risk,” reports Amanda Donlon, Quality Services Manager. 

Falls are the leading case of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+. The chances of falling only increases with age. Some common factors that can lead to a fall include; balance and gait, vision, medication, environment, chronic conditions, and more. 

“Fall prevention awareness day is a way to educate our communities on how to reduce fall risks,” shares Amanda Donlon, Quality Services Manager. “If you or a loved one is at an age where the risk of falling is great, take proactive steps now to prevent falls in your home and when traveling out and about. Staying independent for as long as possible is so important.” 

Here is a quick fall prevention checklist for your home:

  • Install sturdy handrails on both sides of stairs
  • Keep your home free of clutter
  • Be aware of tripping hazards; animals, small rugs, uneven flooring, and unsecured bedding
  • Place a slip-proof mat in tub
  • Keep phone and electrical cords out of all pathways
  • Get a portable phone or medical alert device
  • Install good lighting and use night-lights throughout home
  • Install handrails in the bathtub and toilet areas
  • Keep walkers, canes, and other assistive devices in good condition
  • Use walkers, canse, and other assistive devices instead of furniture or walls for balance. 
  • Wipe up any spills immediately