Palmetto Health Richland, the only Level I Trauma Center in the Midlands, joins the Trauma Association of South Carolina (TASC) in recognizing the 8th Annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) on Sept. 23. The day is designed to bring awareness and take proactive steps to prevent falls among older adults.
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for older adults. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. “Falls among older adults is a public health issue that must be addressed collectively throughout the state. The Trauma Association of South Carolina created an Injury Prevention Subcommittee to reduce the prevalence and burden of older adult falls through education, awareness and prevention,” said Nichole Spivey, injury prevention coordinator at Palmetto Health Richland and co-chair of the TASC Injury Prevention Subcommittee.
Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed Sept. 23 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day in South Carolina. The proclamation recognizes “falls as a common cause of death among the older population, with two out of 10 admissions to trauma centers attributed to patients aged 65 and over with fall-related injuries.”
South Carolina Congressman James E. Clyburn believes that this effort is one that will help South Carolinians. “I commend the Trauma Association of South Carolina for collaborating with key partners across the state to provide falls prevention education and resources to our community dwelling older adults. South Carolina should continue to strive to improve the availability of evidence-based programs such as Senior Lifestyles & Falls Prevention, Better Choices Better Health, and Arthritis Foundation Exercise.”
As part of its education program on falls, Palmetto Health now offers an interactive trauma injury prevention program to the community through Palmetto Health Richland’s Level I Trauma Center. The program, Senior Lifestyles & Injury Prevention (SLIP), is designed to reduce the risk of falls among adults 65 years and older.
SLIP includes a 30-45 minute interactive presentation that consists of an overview of risk factors that contribute to falls, as well as a discussion on minimizing falls in the home. The session also includes an exercise demonstration and handouts with facts on how to minimize falls. SLIP sessions are offered to faith-based organizations, senior centers and at community events.
The Trauma Association of South Carolina and the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging are working together in an effort to raise awareness of preventing falls and the availability of programs such as Senior Lifestyles & Falls Prevention, Better Choices Better Health, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, A Matter of Balance and other opportunities designed to significantly reduce falls among older adults.
For more information on falls among older adults or to schedule a SLIP class, contact Spivey at 803-434-6231 or Nichole.Spivey@PalmettoHealth.org.
About the Palmetto Health Trauma Center
The Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Center is the only American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level I Trauma Center in the Midlands. ACS Level I Trauma Center status is the highest ranking a hospital can achieve. The trauma team at Palmetto Health Richland is a multidisciplinary team composed of trauma and specialty surgeons, emergency medicine and other specialty physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, injury prevention coordinators, and other health care professionals. This multidisciplinary team provides care for the area’s most seriously injured patients, including falls.
About the Trauma Association of South Carolina
TASC is an organization of health care professionals dedicated to improving the care of trauma victims across the state of South Carolina. Currently, 19 hospitals are members of TASC: Palmetto Health Richland (Columbia), Medical University of South Carolina, Trident Medical Center, Roper Hospital, Bon Secours Hospital/St. Francis, East Cooper Medical Center, (Charleston), Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Greenville Memorial Medical Center, McLeod Regional Medical Center and Carolinas Hospital System (Florence), Grand Strand Regional Medical Center (Myrtle Beach), AnMed Health (Anderson), , Lexington Medical Center, Piedmont Medical Center (Rock Hill), Self Regional Healthcare (Greenwood), Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center (Hartsville), Regional Medical Center (Orangeburg), Beaufort Memorial Hospital, and Conway Medical Center, For more information on falls among older adults, visit the Trauma Association of South Carolina web site at: http://www.sc-trauma.org.