Even if no apparent medical condition caused the fall, people who fall are more likely to fall again and to have a more serious injury or illness resulting from a fall in the next two weeks. In an earlier study along the shoreline, we showed that doing more for people who stay at home after the 9-1-1 call makes them less likely to need to call 9-1-1 again. The PRIDE program’s goal is to keep you safe and healthy at home by getting you additional, no cost help from doctors and home health nurses.
One out of three older adults (those aged 65 or older) fall each year but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it. PRIDE seeks to begin that discussion, not only with your primary care physician, but with caregivers, nurses and local first responders as well. PRIDE provides free transportation to your doctor’s appointment if you cannot provide it yourself. If we can prevent repeated falls by diagnosing the cause and/or underlying factors, and getting healthcare resources involved, the chances of a serious injury requiring a stay in a hospital or an extended care facility may be reduced. The goal of PRIDE is to enable people to remain safe in their own homes.