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Home Safety Checklist Available for NJ Falls Prevention Week
09/20/2013

Chilton Hospital honors New Jersey Falls Prevention WeekNew Jersey Falls Prevention Awareness Week is from September 22 until September 29. If you or a loved is at risk for falling, the NJ Department of Human Services offers a printable Home Safety Checklist.

Fall facts:

  • More than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the U.S.
  • In 2010, nearly 23,000 older Americans died due to an unintentional fall, 338 of those were in NJ.
  • In NJ, each day an average of 194 older adults aged 60 and over are treated in emergency departments or as inpatients due to a fall (2012: Center for Health Statistics).
  • In NJ, 75 percent of falls admitted as inpatients were 60 or older (2012).
  • Falls are the No. 1 cause of brain injury among older adults.
  • Falls and the fear of falling can lead to depression and hopelessness, loss of mobility and loss of functional independence.

Tips on how to prevent falls:

  • Exercise regularly. It increases strength, flexibility and balance.
  • Have your eyes checked by a doctor at least once a year.
  • Wear the right footwear. The safest shoes fit your feet, have low heels, non-slip soles and lace up or are secured with fabric fasteners.
  • Ask the doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter. Many medicines can cause side effects such as weakness or dizziness. Taking four or more medicines increases your risk for a fall.
  • Make your home safer by removing fall hazards and improving lighting: Remove clutter like loose papers, boxes, wires and phone cords from walk paths and stairways. Make lights brighter, especially in stairways. Consider a nightlight in bath, bedroom and hallways. Install bath grips or grab bars in your tub or shower Use non-skid liners under rugs. Or better still, remove all throw rugs

Source: The State of New Jersey Department of Human Services

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