Wally Spiers, in his April 23 column, addresses the danger of failing when growing older.
We relate to the experience of falling because a family member, now in her late 80s, has fallen a number of times, most recently in memory care and nursing facilities. She has suffered fractured vertebrae, a broken shoulder, a gash near her eye requiring a dozen stitches and a concussion.
The falls happened mostly during the night and on weekends. The prevalence of falls at these times seems directly related to staffing levels and quality of care. We have also recently attended two funerals of patients who had fallen just weeks before their deaths.
How to prevent falls of the elderly in and out of care facilities is a pressing problem seeking a necessary solution.
Sam Hladyshewsky, Shiloh