Senior fall prevention tips
October 21, 2011
Of the one in three seniors aged 65 and older scheduled to fall this year, nearly a third of them will live with pain or discomfort from the accident for the rest of their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means that more needs to be done to educate seniors on ways to stay up.
To combat this serious and growing problem a Chattanooga, Tennessee, in-home health care company explained certain hazards that can be found in seniors' homes and how to get rid of them, The Chattanoogan reports.
"Up to 30 percent of those who fall suffer injuries such as hip fractures or head traumas," Peter Ross, CEO of the company told the publication. "Those types of injuries not only make it hard for seniors to live independently, but those injuries can sometimes be fatal."
To reduce a senior's chances of falling, it's recommended that any clutter should be removed from halls, stairs or anywhere that a senior frequents. Loose carpeting or wooden floor boards should be repaired and clothing, food, dishes, medications and any other necessities should be stored in easily accessible areas.
Although taking precautions to ward off falls is a good idea, falling can still occur. This is why it may be beneficial to make updates and install a medical alert system in a senior's home. This way if they do have an accident, help can be reached in a moment's notice.