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For Americans who are 65 years and older, falls are a real danger. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury, accidental death and disability.
The statistics are alarming: More than 40% of those hospitalized from hip fractures, for example, can’t return home and are unable to live independently again.
The good news is that occupational therapists can help prevent falls because of their training and expertise.
There are quite a few common causes of falls and an occupational therapist can help identify them. New or unfamiliar locations, inappropriate footwear, oversized or misplaced furniture and interruptions while walking can all contribute to a patient’s falling.
An occupational therapist can help people implement prevention practices to decrease their risk of falling.