FINDING BALANCE ALGORITHM
Recommendations to address home hazards are effective for older adults with a history of falls and mobility limitations. Following a hip fracture, it is important to assess the home environment in addition to providing whatever equipment is required to ensure hip precautions are followed. Home assessments following wrist fractures in older adults should also be considered. Checklists and education alone on modifications have only modest if any effect at decreasing falls incidents. Providing/ordering items with follow-up to make sure equipment is being used correctly is recommended.
When walking outdoors in winter, footwear with a good grip, the use of removable lightweight traction devices for shoes and ice picks on canes can minimize the risk of slipping.
For older adults living alone, an emergency response system should be considered. If involved with the planning and construction of new facilities, consider information on age-friendly cities and age-friendly communities.
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