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FALLS PREVENTION

South County Fire offers help for concerned loved ones and older adults who have experienced a fall or may be at risk for falls. Our falls prevention team can identify steps you can take and changes you can make to reduce the risk of falling. Services include:

  • Home visits to make safety recommendations.
  • Prevention education and information.
  • Assistance in accessing social services.

Learn more about falls prevention services for yourself or a loved one:

Contact falls@southsnofire.org, 425-551-1266.

Veteran to Veteran Help

Veterans in Prevention are part of our falls prevention team. They provide in-home safety visits and also work with veterans and spouses of veterans to determine if they are eligible for other help such as assistance with medical care, home healthcare and prescriptions.

This program is supported by a grant funding from Verdant Health Commission in partnership with Operation Military Family Cares. 

    Falls Prevention Checklist 

    South County Fire responds to more than a thousand fall injury calls each year. Studies show that a combination of behavior changes can significantly reduce falls among older adults. Experts recommend:

    1. Participate in a physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components.
    2. Consult with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment.
    3. Have medications reviewed periodically.
    4. Get eyes and ears checked annually.
    5. Make sure the home environment is safe and supportive.

    Fix Home Hazards

    Most falls occur in the home. Some older adults have lived in the same place for years and have never adjusted their living conditions for their age. Here are some simple changes that could prevent an accident:

    • Pick-up trip hazards. Look for anything that might cause you to stumble – papers, books, shoes and clothes.
    • Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep rugs from slipping.
    • Install grab bars next to your toilet and in the bathtub or shower. u
    • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub or on the shower floor.
    • Improve lighting. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well.
    • Make stairs safe with handrails and lights on all staircases.