Fall Prevention Awareness Day: How to help seniors lower risk of injury

Simple changes can make a big difference.

SAN ANTONIO - Two San Antonio organizations are encouraging senior citizens to take action to prevent fall-related injuries.

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for people 65 years old and older.

Leading up to Fall Prevention Awareness Day on Friday, the Alamo Area Home Care Council and Pride PHC are reminding people that simple changes can make a big difference.

"Seniors are at a risk of falling but it doesn't take much to make your house fall-proof or more safe. It may be a chair, rug, or plant or box that creates a serious fall for you and can hospitalize you or possibly end your life," said Andy Cruz, Pride PHC vice president.

Cruz recommends clearing hallways of any clutter, getting rid of slippery rugs, and installing grab bars like 76-year-old Victor Romo did.

Romo installed multiple bars on the walls of his home. He says that the bars help him maneuver around the house and prevent him from falling.

"I can walk around without being in a nursing home. I enjoy it here. I was born here and I have a lot more freedom," Romo said.

For more information on ways to modify your home and prevent falls, click here.

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