Falls Prevention

The Bedford Fire Department responds to medical requests from falls more than any other category. Falls account for 18% of all emergency medical requests we receive. We are always here to provide emergency services in the event of a fall however our goal is to prevent a fall from interrupting your life. On this page you can find resources to help minimize the risk of falling and sustaining a possible injury. By utilizing these resources you can reduce the potential of falling and live a happy, healthy life.

Data analysis indicates that a majority of the requests for assistance from falls occurs in the older population (65+). Please review the breakdown chart below of falls by age group in Bedford.

Falls by Age Group

Research has identified many conditions that contribute to falling. These are called risk factors. Many risk factors can be changed or modified to help prevent falls. They include:

   • Lower body weakness

   • Vitamin D deficiency (that is, not enough vitamin D in your system)

   • Difficulties with walking and balance

   • Use of medicines, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect       balance and how steady you are on your feet.

   • Vision problems

   • Foot pain or poor footwear

   • Home hazards or dangers such as

       o broken or uneven steps, and

       o throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over.

Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling. Please click on the link below to watch our Falls Prevention PSA . In addition there is a link to the CDC Older Adult Falls website (STEADI program) below for more information.