Living with Dementia

Caring for people with dementia Falls prevention

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Falls prevention

According to the Canada Safety Council, falls are the number one safety issue for Canadian seniors. They account for almost two-thirds of injuries for which people over age 65 are hospitalized, and 40% of admissions to care facilities. There are several risk factors that contribute to accidental falls, including the use of certain medications, slowed reflexes, loss of motor coordination, poor eyesight and issues with balance. Hazards around the home can also contribute to accidental falls. When caring for a loved one with dementia, it is particularly important to reduce these risk factors as much as possible.

Consider a falls prevention assessment
Get an in-home assessment done by a health care professional trained in falls prevention. Alberta Health Services provides this service.

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Contact Alberta Health Services Home Care
Home Care is available to discuss safety in the home and can provide a home safety checklist. Your Home Care Coordinator can also provide you with information regarding the range of mobility devices available for use.

Call (403) 943-1920
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Review various home safety checklists
There are a number of online resources providing quick and easy check lists for home safety and fall prevention. Read up on falls prevention tips provided by the Canada Safety Council

Read up on home safety
The National Institute on Aging has published some valuable information about home safety for people with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Review the Safe Living Guide.           
For a list of prevention and safety ideas, explore the information on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s web site.

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