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As we age, the prospect of losing control and falling over can be extremely daunting, and potentially quite dangerous. According to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare , one in three older Australians will experience a fall each year. Evidence also suggests that once a person has had one fall, they’re at increased risk of another.
Regardless of the severity of a fall, rehabilitation is an important consideration – where the older person undertakes a range of guided physical activities, either in their own home or a care facility, to help them regain the mobility they had before the fall occurred. A qualified medical professional will formally assess the person to determine whether or not a rehabilitation program is required – and if so, what this program should involve.
Even when a fall hasn’t resulted in any significant injury, an ongoing fear of falling, and associated reduced activity level, can start to affect an older person’s confidence and quality of life. For this reason, it’s important to encourage them to safely regain their movement – even when no formal rehabilitation program is recommended.
My Medic Watch can also be an important tool in helping older people regain their confidence and independence. To find out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org.