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Health Watch/Aspirus Home Health and Hospice/Caroline Gwaltney, Physical Therapist

Simple home modifications can help you avoid falls

October 24, 2013
The Daily Mining Gazette

Fall. When I hear that word this time of year, I think of gorgeous autumn colors, football, chilly days, pumpkins, and children gearing up for Halloween. But the word fall has many different meanings (52, in fact I looked it up). As a physical therapist working in home health care, the word fall is not as beautiful as our lovely Upper Peninsula autumn weather. Falls are a very common problem for elderly people in the home, frequently leading to serious injury. Six out of every 10 falls occur in the home, where we are familiar and comfortable with our surroundings. The good news: they are preventable.



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