Falls are the leading cause of injury and accidental death for older adults over 65 years of age. According to an article by Moreland, Kakara, and Henry (2018), 1 out of every 4 older adults fall each year.
Falls are not a natural part of the aging process.
While falls are common, there are effective strategies to reduce fall risk. Occupational therapy can address the personal (illness, capabilities, fear of falling), environmental (hazards in the home, type of shoes), and activity-based factors (demands of an activity) that typically lead to a fall. Mobile, in-home occupational therapy offers clients a unique opportunity for an occupational therapist to tailor a fall prevention plan based on the client’s home setup and personal capabilities. Even if there is no injury, it is important to see a healthcare provider as soon as a fall occurs, so the fall risk factors can be addressed sooner than later.