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Huey’s Home Medical has been in business for over 12 years now. I was 9 months pregnant and when my husband Huey Robinson and I opened our doors on December 1, 2004. We have seen many things as we have been blessed to care for the aging population in Champaign Urbana and surrounding areas. I think the most difficult thing I have witnessed is the simple safety concerns that are so costly to a person’s well-being. We have been in homes with spaces so tight that you can barely maneuver or navigate thru without tripping. One of the reasons why we became such strong advocates for home safety was due to witnessing the negative affects after a fall. This was the reason we have added the Aging In Place line of business to include home companions

A fall can permanently alter a person’s abilities to live independently, therefore changing their lives forever. There are many statistics on what happens after a fall at home, but many falls go unreported, making it truly impossible to understand the amount of devastation that falls cause. Falls not only injure the person physically, it also alters the persons emotional and mental well-being.

Each year, millions of seniors—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.

What Conditions Make You More Likely to Fall?

Research has identified many conditions that contribute to falling. These are called risk factors. Many risk factors can be changed or modified to help prevent falls. They include:

  • Vitamin D deficiency (that is, not enough vitamin D in your system)
  • Difficulties with walking and balance
  • Use of medicines, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.
  • Vision problems
  • Foot pain or poor footwear
  • Home hazards or dangers such as
  • broken or uneven steps,
  • throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over, and
  • no handrails along stairs or in the bathroom.
  • Lower body weakness

Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling.

What Can Happen After a Fall?

Many falls do not cause injuries. But one out of five falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury.

These injuries can make it hard for a person to get around, do everyday activities, or live on their own.

  • Falls can cause broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures.
  • Falls can cause head injuries. These can be very serious, especially if the person is taking certain medicines (like blood thinners).
  • Many people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.

Falls Are Serious and Costly

• One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.

• Each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.

• Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.

• Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.

• More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling,7 usually by falling sideways.

• Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI)

So please think about the safety and accessibility of your home environment and ask us how we can help to healthy and safe at home with

Written by: Lisa Ann Robinson 12/2016

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