Lifesavers

Lifesavers are ways to prevent falling. We call them lifesavers to emphasize their importance. Not doing/having them can put your life at risk due to a fall.

Our approach with lifesavers is to eliminate falls risks, and if we cannot do that, then we will reduce the risk of falling. If we cannot reduce the entire risk, we will reduce some of it. This method is called “harm reduction” and it adds up to fewer falls. It is the combination of many lifesavers/fewer falls risks that supports your staying safe in your home and living well longer.

Some lifesavers prevent falls in obvious ways. For instance, what if you have poor vision and decide to use the vision lifesaver (to be added in a future Issue). This may lead to a new eyeglasses prescription. As a result, your vision is improved. You can see better and not trip over the hypothetical small red ball on the stairs.

Other lifesavers are more subtle. Same “small red ball” tripping hazard, same vision challenge (before new glasses), but due to your routine with the balance lifesaver, you can catch yourself when you trip and avoid falling. As a result, you do not tumble down the stairs.

Courtesy of National Institute on Aging

Some lifesavers require little effort. For instance, with the vision example, it may only involve making an appointment and wearing new glasses.

On the other hand, the balance lifesaver may call for changing usual routines.  PreventFalls.net provides support for this change process.

Each of the lifesavers featured on this website has value for preventing falls. When you add more lifesavers to your repertoire, that is, as you do more of them, they have combined power. You will reduce more risks and your likelihood of falling goes down. 

In Issue #1, we begin with posting Fitness lifesavers. For Issue #2, we added to those, added a Log Sheet, and also added a new Section called Home Modifications.