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 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that adds up to 2.8 million older adults being treated in the emer- gency department for fall related injuries. More than 800,000 are hospitalized. And the cost is esti- mated at $31 billion annually – with hospital costs accounting for two-thirds of the total amount.
Falls Are Preventable
Falls are the leading cause of accidental death and they can be avoided. Many older adults are embarrassed about falling or fear if others find out about their falls, their activities or independence may be restricted. It’s important for older adults to talk with their doctor about their risk of falling. Reviewing medicines, doing strength and balance exercises, having their eyes checked and making the home a safer place are all ways to help reduce the chance of a fall.
If living alone, having an emergency response system can also make older adults feel safer in case there is an emergency. An emergency
response device will not prevent a fall, but it can greatly reduce the amount
of time a person spends lying on the floor waiting for help. Getting up more quickly can greatly affect the outcome of an older person’s health and rehabili- tation after a fall.
Personal emergency response systems
There are many devices available that will instantly summon help in
the event of an emergency. These devices are sometimes called personal emergency response systems, home monitoring systems or medical emer- gency response systems. Most systems basically work the same way – a trans- mitter button is pushed and a call is sent to an emergency response center that
then contacts family, friends, neighbors or emergency
help (medical, fire or police).

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