Health Concerns That Become Fall Risks

Health Concerns That Become Fall Risks

When an older adult suffers a fall, quite often it can be attributed to an external factor: tripping over a cord, slipping on a wet bathroom floor, or some other physical impediment in their vicinity.

But falling can also be the culmination of underlying health issues.

A study by the University of Michigan showed that “the risk of a fall injury rises substantially in the month before a hospitalization and remains elevated after discharge.” Furthermore, they found that “fall risk jumps about 33% per week in the month before hospitalization.”

In other words, the risk of a fall had been building and was the final outcome of changing health patterns, not a one-off accident.


There are a variety of health concerns that can contribute to falls, including:

  • Dehydration
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • High/low blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Diminished vision
  • Diminished hearing


Falling does not need to be inevitable as we age – ensuring we’re keeping up with medical appointments and being open and honest with doctors when we’re there, is critical to staying safe from falls.


Free Fall Risk Assessment from Prestige Senior Living Beaverton Hills

At Prestige Senior Living Beaverton Hills, we want to help you take a step towards safety with our free online fall risk assessment.

The assessment takes just 10 minutes, and includes questions about your mobility, balance, the use of assistive devices, hazards that may be found in the home, any history you might have with falling and more.


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