Fall is right around the corner, which means it's almost time for Prevention Awareness Day. Fall Prevention Awareness Day is a type of health campaign that's geared towards spreading awareness towards preventing fall injuries and improving health. You'd be amazed at how many senior citizens get injured from falling down. In fact, it's the leading cause of death to the elderly when it comes to injuries. In this article, we'll be going over the importance of this health campaign and how you can do your part.
Why Fall Prevention Awareness Day is Important
There are so many safety campaigns aimed at helping elderly persons ranging from helping the elderly safely manage online banking to how to stay safe while traveling, but safety inside the everyday home is especially critical. Aside from the obvious improved safety, you might be wondering why this day is so important. The truth of the matter is that millions of elderly adults experience a slip and fall. However, it's not just a matter of falling and experiencing a minor injury. Many who fall, unfortunately, suffer from a rather traumatic injury, like a bone fracture, broken bones or a concussion. These are especially common should someone fall down their staircase. Prevention Awareness Day is supposed to help people understand how bad slip and falls can be.
How You Can Help Prevent Falls
Now that you know the importance of spreading awareness, it's time to get into how you can play your part in preventing falls. There are so many ways to prevent falls, it's a wonder how they're not completely eliminated. Preventing falls can range from the simplest tasks, like picking up potential tripping hazards, to something a bit more complex such as installing a home elevator. Installing a home elevator is one of the best ways you can help keep people from falling. However, one thing to note about getting a home elevator for senior citizens is that it can be an expensive renovation. On average, you can expect to fork out at least $15,000 and that's only counting the elevator and what company you get it from.
Sometimes, a house might not have enough space to fit the home elevator within it. You'll need to have a professional come out and assess your home before anything can happen. If you're not able to install it, you'll have to add some extra space, which can add to the costs. Adding more space can cost $89 to as much as $290 per square foot. Financing this can be difficult as the price can skyrocket at any given point. However, you can consider taking out a home equity line of credit (HELOC). This is close to a credit card where you're given a limit depending on how much you're qualified for.
How You Can Participate in the Campaign
Joining a campaign like this is actually pretty easy. Anyone can join as all you have to do is research organizations and see where the events are being held. For this year's Fall Prevention Awareness Day, it's going to be held on September 18th to September 22nd. Make sure to research activities taking place and what's happening during this week, so you can join the cause and put a stop to the saying that you’ve fallen and can't get up.