15 Ways to Decrease the Risk of Falls at Home

More than 25% of adults aged 65 and older fall every year, often within the home. 
About 20% of the time, falls have serious consequences, including head injuries or broken bones.

  • If your parent falls, it may be hard for them to continue living independently. Common reasons include:
  • Complications. Some older adults have serious enough injuries that they need to move to an assisted living facility for care.
  • Future events. When someone falls once, they’re twice as likely to fall again, which may cause serious injury next time.
  • Fear. Someone who’s afraid of falling again may limit their physical activity to avoid potential accidents, which may backfire; less movement may promote weakness or balance issues, making someone more likely to fall again.

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