September 12, 2013

Season Change Near, But SCH Warning About Different Kind of Fall

The Therapy Services Department at Scotland County Hospital (SCH) in Memphis will be joining the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging in bringing awareness to falls. Fall Prevention Month begins on the first day of Fall each year. The department will be conducting free fall risk assessments on Monday and Tuesday, September 23rd & 24th. No physician referral is required, but please call and make an appointment with the Therapy Services Department at 660-465-8513 ext1740.

Each fall assessment participant will receive a room-by-room Home Safety Checklist from the therapists. The checklist reviews possible hazards for each room and a suggestion to make that room safer in your home.

Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths in older adults in Missouri and account for more than $300 million in medical costs. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nation-wide in 2009, emergency departments treated 2.4 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults; more than 662,000 of these patients had to be hospitalized. The Missouri Department of Health reports that in 2009, there were 45,174 such visits to Emergency Departments and Missouri's older adults account for almost two-thirds or 64 percent of all ER visits and hospitalizations due to unintentional falls. Falls are not an inevitable result of aging. The staff of the SCH Therapy Services Department wants to raise awareness that preventive measures work and can keep seniors safe across Missouri.

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