If you have ever been concerned for a loved one’s safety after visiting them or after the first time they may have fallen in their home then you know how important it is to make sure that their home is as safe as it can be for them.
We are going to discuss some of the ways that you can fairly easily make some changes and modifications to help keep them safe in their home.
The U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention has some pretty staggering numbers that bring this issue of home safety to light for our seniors.
• 1 out of every 3 seniors falls each year
• every 11 seconds an older adult is treated for a fall in the emergency room
• every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall.
The source for these numbers is the CDC and agesafeamerica.com
Another statistic that is quite alarming from the National Safety Council is that:
• More than 800,000 patients are hospitalized each year due to a fall, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
When taken into account these statistics and numbers it’s fair to say that our seniors and the elderly are at the greatest risk for a traumatic fall, injury, or even worse.