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Today is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

fpp clearOne in three seniors over age 65 fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among seniors, such as lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, and hip fractures.

Today, September 23rd, is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day! This year, our theme is Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow. The focal point of today is the important roles Caregivers, family and friends, fellow seniors, and healthcare professionals play in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older population.

When the day was first established in 2008, it was observed by only 11 states. Today, Falls Prevention Awareness Day has spread to 47 states and the District of Columbia, including California, as communities are becoming more cognizant of the importance of guarding against preventable falls.

To combat falls and help our seniors remain independent in the comfort of their homes, 24 Hour Home Care has partnered with the Fall Prevention Program of Contra Costa County (Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services) to create the Fall Prevention Trainer program. Each of 24 Hour Home Care’s Caregivers is a graduate of the program, and is trained in fall risk factors and prevention strategies, such as reviewing medications, creating a safe home environment, and regularly checking vision. With our program, we trust that our staff is well-equipped to assist seniors with guarding against preventable falls and the injuries that follow them.

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