Introduction - Fall Prevention In The Home
Are you afraid of falling because you’re not sure if you can get up again? Have you had friends fall and incur thousands in medical bills because of a momentary misstep? You’re not alone, but you don’t have to be afraid.
As people age, their bodies are more prone to degeneration and falling. Bones become more brittle and have a higher chance of breaking. And, with more and more people over the age of 65 deciding to live independently, there is more of a chance that these people will be falling alone.
In these pages, we provide safety tips for seniors, focused on preventing falls in the home. Making the home safe also makes it more enjoyable, for the senior, caregivers and visiting family members. Be sure to try these safety tips for elderly family members and make everyone safe at home!
Let’s look at some statistics:
- More than 33% of people aged 65 and older are involved in accidents and falls in the home each year – Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- The chances of surviving a fall are six times greater if you are found within one hour - Yale University School of Medicine
- The ability to get immediate help boosts the odds that a senior will continue to live independently. - New England Journal of Medicine
- Unintentional falls are a threat to the lives, independence and health of seniors. -- CDC - Preventing Falls Among Older Adults
- When an elderly person falls, their hospital stays are almost twice longer than those of elderly patients who are admitted for any other reason.
- Among people ages 65 to 69, one out of every 200 falls results in a hip fracture. That number increases to one out of every 10 for those aged 85 and older.
- In people over the age of 65, falling is the leading cause of injury death, over 3 times more than motor vehicle collisions - CDC
- In 2010, falling was the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for people between the ages of 25 and 65+ - CDC
- Approximately 40% of people admitted to a nursing home had a fall in the 30 days prior to admission.