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The chances of a fall go up when you are rushing around or distracted by crowds and sales, which are common during the holiday shopping season. The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and the Golden Buckeye Program have partnered with STEADY U Ohio to provide these tips for shoppers to prevent falls:
- Shop at off-peak times to avoid crowds and long waits. Bring someone with you who can wait in line for you while you sit and rest.
- Report slipping hazards, such as spills, loose rugs or mats, and unsafe sidewalks or stairs to store staff immediately.
- Avoid walking around items blocking aisles or displays that block your view of other shoppers and obstacles. Tell store staff that you think these are hazardous.
- Ask store staff for help carrying heavy or bulky packages or bags to your vehicle. Avoid carrying large, low-hanging bags that can trip you.
- If you use your cane or walker, always shop with it or take advantage of the mobility scooters many stores provide if you could be on your feet for longer than you usually find comfortable.
- Tell store staff if you see anybody behaving in an unsafe manner.
- If you fall, even if you're not hurt, notify store staff and management right away so that they can document the incident and take steps to prevent future accidents.
Retailers: Make your business a fall-fee zone
Businesses also have a responsibility to strive to make their store, restaurant or office a fall-free zone around the holidays and all year long. It starts by understanding what can cause falls and creating a falls prevention culture. Have a policy and educate your staff about common falls risks. Empower your employees and your customers to identify and report hazards. If someone does fall, document the incident and examine the cause so that you might be able to prevent future falls.
Resources for businesses to prevent falls...
10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls!"
On Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, organizations and individuals all over the state helped us take "10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls!"
Fifty-seven organizations and more than 4,400 Ohioans joined us to walk more than 5,300 miles, or more than 13.2 million steps in the name of falls prevention. More importantly, we formed new partnerships within Ohio's communities to help raise awareness of the epidemic of falls and help our elders take important steps to reduce their risk of taking a life-changing tumble. Learn more...
Take a falls risk self-assessment.
Did you know...?
- Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalization and death among Ohioans aged 65 and older
- An older Ohioan falls every two minutes on average, resulting in an injury every five minutes, six emergency department visits and one hospitalization each hour, and three deaths each day.
- Approximately 15 percent of Ohio citizens are age 65 or older, yet this group accounts for more than 84 percent of fatal falls.
- The total estimated cost of falls (medical costs, work loss) is $646 million annually in Ohio, or $1.8 million each day.
- Falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented!
It Takes Everyone
Most falls in older adults can be prevented. A person's risk for falls goes down the minute he or she stops being afraid of falling. Preventing falls for every older Ohioan will take a community approach.
Everyone - from the individual and his family, to doctors and nurses, to business owners and managers, to community leaders and more - has a role to play in preventing falls. It's like the old saying goes, "united we stand, divided we fall." What's your role in preventing falls in Ohio?
If you wish to become involved in the STEADY U initiative, contact us or subscribe to be notified of opportunities. Opportunities include community falls prevention coalitions, serving as a lay leader in the A Matter of Balance Program, and more.
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About STEADY U Ohio
STEADY U Ohio is a statewide collaborative falls prevention initiative, supported by Ohio government and state business partners to ensure that every county, every community and every Ohioan knows how they can prevent falls, one step at a time. This website is the source in Ohio for falls prevention information, tools and other resources.