Safety & Injury Prevention Education
Take The Right Steps
Fall prevention starts with you!
We know senior falls can be preventable. The opportunity to help reduce falls among older adults has never been more needed. Legacy’s Trauma Nurses Talk Tough (TNTT) believe that offering effective fall prevention education in our communities can reduce falls, increase quality of life, and reduce injuries for older adults.
According to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for adults 65 and older. One in three older adults falls each year, and 20% to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries, such as bruises, hip fractures, and head traumas. While falling is common to people of all ages, the severity of injury for older adults can result in a loss of mobility and independence. However, many falls are preventable.
TNTT’s Take the Right Steps is a best practice program designed to reduce fall risk in older adults. Take the Right Steps is a free one-hour class that engages older adults, builds confidence, empowers and encourages older adults to manage their own health. It focuses on the causes and risk factors that can contribute to senior falls:
- Medication side effects
- Poor vision
- Poor balance
- Difficulty walking
- Home hazards
Take the Right Steps is offered in a variation of settings to older adults. In person and online/virtual learning opportunities are available. TNTT provides free safety items for low-income senior that attend workshop. For more information please call 503-413-4960.