MOCPS Encourages National Falls Awareness Day Participation

September 21, 2011    |   By: Calevir

Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among elderly.   We can help our older family   members and friends by assessing their risk for a fall and taking action to change their environment and reduce those risks.   It is also very important to be certain health care providers are aware when our loved ones are at risk of falling or if they have fallen before so that appropriate precautions are put in place, especially if they are in the hospital.

Friday, September 23rd is nationwide Falls Awareness Day, and the Missouri Center for Patient Safety would like to encourage everyone to consider the falling risk our loved ones may face, participate in your local Falls Awareness Day activities, and take action.   You can visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website for a listing of Falls Day activities in your area, and find numerous resources to identify and reduce the risk of falling in your elderly.

Find an event near you:   http://health.mo.gov/seniors/showmefallsfreemissouri/calendar.php

Resources:   http://health.mo.gov/seniors/showmefallsfreemissouri/publications.php

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