“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
– Benjamin Franklin
As a physical therapist, I know the importance of fall prevention. I’ve spent my career helping others navigate the devastating effects of falls. The CDC reports an alarming increase in falls. And unfortunately, many think the falls are an inevitable part of aging.
But the research shows us that we CAN be proactive and lower our risk of falling. An article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine states two interventions with the greatest potential to reduce falls:
- A vitamin D supplement
- Home modifications by an occupational therapist
Now, I cannot address the vitamin D supplement as it is not my area of expertise. However, I certainly would recommend bringing it up with your physician on your next physical. This intervention could be an easy solution to decrease your overall fall risk. But it may not be for everyone, your physician will have to look at your lab work and see if it is the right solution for you.
Home modification is something that I absolutely can address, it is exactly what we do. Our team of allied health professionals also specializes in home modifications. According to the article, the authors estimated over 100,000 potential falls could be prevented with home modifications.
Over 100,000 falls. Let that sink in for a moment.
Because, you see falls are NOT an inevitable part of aging. You absolutely can do something to lower your risk of falling. And your environment plays a HUGE role in your overall risk of falling.
Lower Your Fall Risk with Home Modification
You CAN reduce your risk of falling by being proactive with your own health. According to this article, over 38 million Americans could benefit from home modifications.
Unfortunately, health insurance does not cover the in depth home safety and accessibility assessment. But isn’t home modification a worthwhile investment in your health? Even with health insurance, the consequences of falls often lead to out of pocket costs of co-pays and having to hire help. Not to mention the stress, pain, and suffering they cause. So not only is home modification is good for your health and wellbeing, but it could potentially benefit your pocket book as well.
It just makes sense to address home safety proactively. It also makes sense to find an industry professional to help guide you with the needed changes. We would be honored if you considered us.
Designing Independence, LLC is an allied health team specializing in home and business modification, home safety and fall prevention.