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10 Shocking Statistics About Elderly Falls

The following statistics highlight the importance of preventing falls by taking deliberate precautions. Age related losses in muscle strength, flexibility, or balance can be addressed through balance reactions, strength assessments, or rehabilitation therapy.

  1. When an elderly person falls, their hospital stays are almost twice as long than those elderly patients who are admitted for any other reason.

  2. The risk of falling increases with age and is greater for women than men.

  3. Annually, falls are reported by one-third of all people over the age of 65.

  4. Two-thirds of those who fall will do so again within six months.

  5. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older.

  6. Approximately 9,500 deaths in older Americans are associated with falls each year.

  7. More than half of all fatal falls involve people 75 or over.

  8. Among people aged 65 to 69, One out of every 200 falls results in a hip fracture. That number increases to one out of every 10 for those aged 85 and older.

  9. One-fourth of seniors who fracture a hip from a fall will die within six months of the injury.

  10. The most profound effect of falling is the loss of functioning associated with independent living.

The Safe Balance program was created to address this rising epidemic amongst falls in seniors. Using a proprietary service model, exclusively licensed evidence-based technology, skilled clinicians, and ono-on-one consultation, Safe Balance enhances your fall prevention and risk management in a way that has yet to be addressed in typical stand-alone models!

Enjoy your Retirement with Safe Balance

The SafeBALANCE program is unparalleled when it comes to overall quality, objectivity, and impact on the safety/wellness of residents.

By offsetting your risk for falls, you can expect to enjoy a greater level or independence, safety and participation in activities as you enjoy your retirement.

Are Your At Risk For Falls?

  • Have family members or friends said they are worried you may fall?
  • Do you have increased pain in your back, knees, hips or feet that make it difficult to walk?
  • Have you become more fearful going upstairs or downstairs?
  • Has it become more difficult when reaching for objects around the house?
  • Have you experienced a decrease in vision?
  • Have you recently experienced a fear of falling even though you’ve never fallen?
  • Do you have a medical diagnosis including arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or general weakness?
  • Have you recently fallen?.

If you answered YES to ANY of the above questions, ask your wellness director about our simple balance testing program to reduce your risk of catastrophic injury?

Statistics show that people aged 65+ years have a 1 in 3 chance to experience a fall each year. The cost of falls is debilitating both physically and financially and often the elderly require the services of a more skilled provider once injury occurs. By offsetting this risk, your residents will enjoy a longer more functional experience in your facility.

The Dynamic Arc Balance Test

As senior care providers, our #1 priority is the care and well-being of our residents. An appropriate analysis on a person’s functional balance ability upon admission and periodically throughout their residency can maximize their quality of life, provide education and insight on physical abilities and unsafe behavior, allow for accurate justification of appropriate services including caregiver assistance with ADLs, physical/occupational therapy, and/or referral to community recreation/exercise program.

A simple and short balance assessment with the Dynamic Arc objectively identifies potential impairment to functional independence and provides vital data to the person and facility on safe approaches to maximize their engagement in life. The benefits of the Dynamic Arc in your facility are seemingly endless for your company, staff and most importantly the resident and their families.

Bring Peace of Mind to Potential Residents and Their Families

By nature, the aging community is at an increased risk for falls. Your facility can stand out from the crowd by addressing this concern as part of your residency curriculum and offer assistance to those who are identified as a potential risk fall.