Caregiver Resource Offers Free Guide to Preventing Elderly Falls

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In recognition of Falls Prevention Awareness Day Sept. 23, The CareGiver Partnership, a national retailer of home healthcare products, has added a free, downloadable fall-prevention brochure to its online library of family caregiver resources.

Up to 40 percent of nursing home admissions are due to either falls or fear of falling.

Sept. 23 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day, recognized each year by the National Council on Aging and other organizations as a day to increase public awareness on preventing falls among older adults. This year, The CareGiver Partnership is celebrating by offering a complimentary fall-prevention guide on its website.

“Every year, one in three adults over age 65 falls, and up to 40 percent of nursing home admissions are due to either falls or fear of falling,” says Lynn Wilson, co-founder of The CareGiver Partnership. “As a company dedicated to helping seniors live safely in their homes, fall prevention is an ongoing initiative for us.”

“It All Starts With a Fall — Your Guide to Help Prevent Falls” is full of facts, tips, and information that will help caregivers and seniors identify and minimize the risk factors that affect health and longevity. It helps readers identify and correct fall hazards in their homes and yards, teaches about personal safety tools that can make living at home a success, and offers instructions on what to do if they fall or witness a fall. The brochure is available as a PDF at http://www.caregiverpartnership.com/media/c/file/It_All_Starts_With_A_Fall.pdf.

Wilson says other helpful ways to recognize Falls Prevention Awareness Day include distributing fall prevention brochures to neighbors; making sure senior loved ones have clean eyewear; encouraging the elderly to have vision, balance and gait, and blood pressure checks; and installing nightlights, nonskid mats and bathroom safety devices such as grab bars.

The CareGiver Partnership is a national direct-to-consumer retailer of home healthcare products for incontinence, diabetes, nutrition support and more. In its fifth year of providing products and services that help caregivers and loved ones maintain personal dignity, the company also offers an online library of more than 1,000 family caregiver resources and personal service by experts in caregiving. Call 1-800-985-1353 or visit online at http://www.caregiverpartnership.com.

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