Raising awareness about safety precautions to reduce the risk of falling in elderly at home
LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI)’s Kallam Anji Reddy campus in Hyderabad has an exclusive eye care facility – the Gland Pharma Centre for Elderly Eye Care. To raise awareness about safety precautions to reduce the risk of falling among the elderly at home, a ‘Falls Prevention Experience Centre’ has been established.
To commemorate Falls Prevention Week, a global initiative observed from September 18 – 22, the Experience Centre will be inaugurated on 21 September 2023. Gland Pharma senior leadership team will inaugurate the centre.
“Simple measures such as regular eye and ear examinations, exercise, and addressing the fear of falling are critical for preventing falls in the elderly. Additionally, making simple infrastructural modifications at home, including installing grab bars and railings, using a shower chair and non-skid tiles/mats in the bathroom, and ensuring proper illumination, significantly contribute to fall prevention. The Experience Centre showcases these simple modifications that, when applied at home, can have a substantial impact,” says Dr Avinash Pathengay, Director, Elderly Eye Care Services at LV Prasad Eye Institute.
The inauguration was followed by an awareness event featuring talks on common eye problems, fall prevention in the elderly, and a brief overview of the dedicated elderly eye care services offered at LVPEI. Additionally, throughout the week, LVPEI is also organising several other activities such as old age home eye screening programs, guest lectures for staff and patients, etc.