When a loved one is injured and has to spend time in the hospital, it can be stressful for everyone. For older adults, 85% of injury-related hospitalizations are due to falls, which makes them more vulnerable to a wide range of possible health consequences and may increase their need for care and support.
It’s not just icy driveways or steep stairs that can trigger a fall. This is why we’ve put together a set of handy tips to help you and your loved ones prevent falls and accidents no matter the season.
1. Consult your doctor
More than half of Canadians (55%) have not spoken to their healthcare providers about what to do if they or their loved one experiences a fall. Your doctor can share fall prevention tips and can also guide you through your recovery in the event of an accident or injury. To get additional support, in some provinces, you can consult a range of healthcare providers2 with virtual appointments from TELUS Health MyCareᵀᴹ.
2. Review your risks
Reviewing potential risks can help you or your loved ones prevent falls. Clearing spaces of trip hazards, adding pathway lighting, using non-slip mats or rugs, and installing safety bars in bathrooms are some of the most effective ways to make a home safer for older adults. Adding a medical alert pendant, like TELUS Health Medical Alert can also offer added peace of mind with emergency operators available at the push of a button.
3. Cultivate holistic health and wellbeing
Maintaining a level of physical activity can help improve your overall health and mood, as well as speed up recovery from injury. Taking walks, doing fitness videos online, and joining group classes are great ways to get cardiovascular activity and make new social connections. Adding strength training and stretching to your routine can help increase stability, flexibility, and your overall balance. Take control of your healthy lifestyle with access to dietitians and counsellors1 on the TELUS Health MyCareᵀᴹ app.
4. Plan and prepare in case of falls
Unfortunately, no matter how prepared you are, falls and accidents can still happen. Getting the help you need quickly in the event of an unexpected medical emergency can make a significant difference in treatment and recovery. Consider using a service like TELUS Health Medical Alert, which provides access to live, trained operators promptly in the event of an incident who can dispatch emergency services and/or notify your chosen, trusted emergency contact(s). With home-based and mobile models available, you can choose what fits your lifestyle.
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1. Users must be 16 years or older to access counselling and dietitian appointments. Counselling and Dietitian appointments are available in BC, AB, ON, SK. Counselling appointments require additional payment of $120 plus applicable taxes. Dietitian appointments require additional payment of $120 inclusive of applicable taxes. Any payments for appointments must be paid using a valid credit card. An in-app receipt will be provided for you to claim for reimbursement if applicable. Doctor consultations are available at no cost for AB, BC, SK & ON residents who are covered under their respective provincial insurance plan. For ON, OHIP is currently providing access to telehealth, but this may be subject to change. The application uses internet data (Wi-Fi or mobile), overage charges may apply with your respective provider.