Stay on your feet
THE best cure is prevention. Falling down can cause serious damage, but fortunately by following the right steps it is easily preventable.
One in three adults more than 65 years old fall each year and shockingly, 50 per cent of these incidents occur in common areas of homes or gardens.
To combat these statistics, WA’s fall prevention program Stay On Your Feet has created an easy to follow checklist to provide tips on how to remove common risks.
The Injury Control Council of WA, supported by the Department of Health, coordinates the program.
Stay On Your Feet spokeswoman Emily Anderson said the checklist could help prevent a stay in hospital.
“Unfortunately falls continue to be the leading cause of injuries requiring hospitalisation in Australia,” she said.
“Using a tool such as the Home Safety Checklist can be a great way to start to look for unexpected hazards.”
The checklist looks at typical hazards around a home and labels poor lighting, uneven floors or paths and un-stored garden tools as the worst offenders.
While it is important to remove hazards and minimise risk, aiming to stay healthy and strong is also a key factor.
For a free copy of the Home Safety Checklist or more information, contact Stay On Your Feet on 1300 30 35 40 or email email@example.com. au,