Brochure Caregiver E Centers For Disease Control

Brochure caregiver e centers for disease control

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Protect Your Loved
Ones from Falling
Learn More
For information about fall risks and prevention:
Find STEADI brochures for older adults at
• Stay Independent
• What YOU Can Do to Prevent Falls
• Check for Safety: A Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults
• Postural Hypotension: What It Is and How to Manage It
For help creating a list of your loved one’s medications,
visit and print a “Personal Medication Record.”
For information on local fall prevention programs, visit the
National Council on Aging at
Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
National Center for Injury
Prevention and Control Stopping Elderly Accidents,
Deaths & Injuries
Every second Many of these falls cause injuries,
Take Action of every day, an
older adult falls

loss of independence, and in some
cases, death. Falls can be prevented

As a family caregiver, you can help

Speak Up Have Eyes and
Feet Checked
Talk openly with your loved one and Being able to see and walk comfortably can
their healthcare provider about fall risks prevent falls

and prevention. • Have their eyes checked by an eye doctor
• Tell a healthcare provider right away if your at least once a year

loved one has fallen, or if they are worried • Replace eyeglasses as needed

about falling, or seem unsteady

• Have their healthcare provider check their
• Keep an updated list of your loved one’s feet once a year

medications. Show a healthcare provider or
• Discuss proper footwear, and ask whether
pharmacist all of their medications, including
seeing a foot specialist is advised

over-the-counter medications, and supplements

Discuss any side effects, like feeling dizzy
or sleepy

• Ask their healthcare provider about taking Make the Home Safe
vitamin D supplements to improve bone,
muscle, and nerve health

Most falls happen at home

• Keep floors clutter-free

Keep Moving • Remove small throw rugs, or use double-sided
tape to keep the rugs from slipping

Activities that improve balance and • Add grab bars in the bathroom—next to and
strengthen legs (like Tai Chi) can inside the tub, and next to the toilet

prevent falls. • Have handrails and lights installed on
• Exercise and movement can also help your all staircases

loved one feel better and more confident. • Make sure the home has lots of light

• Check with their healthcare provider about the
best type of exercise program for them

• Keep floors clutter-free. • Remove small throw rugs, or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping. • Add grab bars in the bathroom—next to and inside the tub, and next to the toilet. • Have handrails and lights installed on all staircases. • Make sure the home has lots of light.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the centers for disease control and prevention do?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborates to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

Who are caregivers?

Who are caregivers? Caregivers provide care to people who need some degree of ongoing assistance with everyday tasks on a regular or daily basis. The recipients of care can live either in residential or institutional settings, range from children to older adults, and have chronic illnesses or disabling conditions.

What is a public health priority for caregivers?

A Public Health Priority. The health of caregivers is at risk. Informal or unpaid caregivers (family members or friends) are the backbone of long-term care provided in people’s homes. While some aspects of caregiving may be rewarding, caregivers can also be at increased risk for negative health consequences.

How do we increase the number of caregivers in america?

Establishment of extended social networks or friendship groups associated with caregiving As the number of older Americans increases, so will the number of caregivers needed to provide care. The number of people 65 years old and older is expected to double between 2000 and 2030.