Fall injuries are an enormous burden on older American Indians and Alaska Native (AI/AN) adults. One in three adults 65 and older fall each year. Approximately 20-30% of these falls result in serious injury. In fact falls are the most common causes of non-fatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma among older adults. The combination of demographic growth of the older population and high rates of diabetes in many AI/AN communities means that fall injury prevention is an increasingly urgent priority.
The good news is that there is strong evidence to show that falls and resulting injuries can be prevented through changes in behavior, health service delivery, and environment. The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Injury Prevention Program provides services that can make homes safer for tribal elders in the community. Through home assessments we can determine areas of the home that may need items that can make mobility easier or dangerous obstructions safer. We provide grab bars, bath and shower mats, non-slip rug pads, smoke detectors/co2 alarms, portable night lights, hand showers and other items that may be needed to make the home safer from falls.
If you would like to request a home assessment or already have a specific need for making mobility in your home safer please contact our Injury prevention Coordinators:
We are located in the Health building at the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes complex.
Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm