Important Facts about Falls- September is National Fall Prevention Month

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Important Facts about Falls- September is National Fall Prevention Month

Each year, millions of older people—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.

 Did You Know… 

 1/3 of people over 65 fall annually 

 The #1 reason for a MD visit for people over 75 is imbalance 

95% of hip fractures are caused by falls 

Every 15 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall 

 53% of adults discharged for fall related hip fractures will fall again within six months 

 Fall accounts for 40% of all nursing home admissions 

 1 out of 5 patients with a hip fracture die within ONE year after a fall 

Every 29 minutes, and older adult dies due to a fall 

2.3 million fall related injuries are treated in the emergency room annually 

 Fall victims released from the ER rarely receive fall prevention training or treatment to prevent future falls 

 A non-injury ER fall visit averages $17,463 

 The medical cost of falls is estimated at $28.2 million annually 

For more information on falls and the elderly please visit:  http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/adultfalls.html​

This Information is brought to you courtesy of Healthcare Resources Home Health 

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