Although it may be surprising, this is where the majority of falls take place. Falls often occur in familiar areas such as a hallway from a bedroom to a bathroom or on a stretch of pavement; other common causes of same-level falls are slippery surfaces and tripping over objects.
To prevent same-level falls, keep your eyes open and observe the surface you are walking on, even if you have traveled over it dozens or hundreds of times before. Be aware of slippery surfaces and potential tripping hazards. If you are walking somewhere new or on a problematic surface, walk carefully, with your weight over the balls of your feet and your knees slightly bent.
If you feel yourself falling, bend your knees to the greatest extent possible to lower your center of gravity. If you can, try to break your fall by grabbing a nearby tree, wall or post. If the fall is inevitable, always attempt to fall on the front part of your body. Extend your arms and try to break your fall by landing on your hands and arms. Always keep your head up. (How to Avoid Falling—Eric Fredrikson)
For your convenience, Columbia is pleased to offer for purchase a new personal care supplies package:
This service will assist in reducing the risk of infections as personal care is provided using disposable products. The cost of this package can be applied to your monthly rent and every month a new package will automatically be delivered to the resident’s room.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Barb Fisher, Resident Care Manager at 403-320-9363.
We invite you Care this Christmas by participating in the Christmas to Remember program.
A Christmas to Remember was started by AgeCare’s Columbia Retirement Community with the hope of spreading holiday cheer to lonely and/ or financially-challenged seniors. Anonymous gifts delivered directly to local seniors in need sends the message that they are being remembered this Christmas.
To learn more about A Christmas to Remember or to get involved, please visit www.CareThisChristmas.com