Thanks to Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation for funding the development of this checklist.
Falls are a serious public health problem among older adults.
For specific recommendations to prevent falls, complete the Fall Prevention Checklist for every room in your house. Read more about falls below, or...
FACTS ABOUT FALLING
According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- In the United States, one of every three people 65 years and older falls each year.
- One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
- Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
In the early 2000s, the Hennepin County Community Health Department launched a Senior Fall Prevention Task Force. Members of the task force represented professional and community organizations interested in preventing falls among seniors. The Senior Fall Prevention Task Force developed a Senior Fall Prevention Screening Kit to help organizations carry out fall prevention activities in their respective communities.
The Fall Prevention Checklist is based on the work of Hennepin County Community Health staff and members of the Senior Fall Prevention Task Force.