Report cites reduction in fall-related injuries in Connecticut
AP/Hartford Courant, August 8, 2008
Authorities say a program aimed at preventing falls among older Connecticut residents appears to be helping reduce injuries and lowering medical costs. A study found an 11% drop between 2001 and 2004 in the use of fall-related medical services in Hartford County.
The drop came during a campaign in which practitioners in home healthcare services, senior centers, and outpatient rehabilitation programs educated older residents about specific ways to help prevent falls. The reduction translates to about 1,800 fewer emergency department visits or hospital admissions in Hartford County and $21 million less in acute care costs, the study found.