Staff also educate attendees about ways to prevent trips, slips and falls in their homes by removing hazards, such as ensuring rooms are well-lit, cords are not located in high-traffic areas, and steps and step stools have handrails.
“It’s as simple as making the items you use regularly more accessible,” Melvin said. “Move the sugar you use in your coffee every morning to your countertop, so you don’t have to reach up into your cabinet to get it.”
Marie Crandall, MD, MPH, a UF Health trauma surgeon, says senior falls are becoming a larger part of trauma care, especially as the population ages.
“Certainly, you worry about broken bones,” Crandall said. “Falling and striking things are also really common, causing injuries like rib fractures. Sometimes those rib fractures poke into other organs like your lungs, spleen and liver.”
Crandall said the most worrisome falls involve blows to the head, where a patient can experience intracranial bleeding or a traumatic brain injury.