Falls in the elderly are the leading cause of fatal as well as non-fatal injuries. Thirty percent of people over the age of 65 will fall each year – which is why I feel it necessary to share some ways that you can decrease the chances of falls in your (or your loved ones) home.
Did you know that the U.S. spends approximately $20.2 billion every year to treat the injuries of older people after falls, and that the majority of the cost is for hip fracture care? The most common types of injuries sustained after falls include: hip, spine, and wrist fractures as well as head trauma. These types of injuries can result in serious disabilities as well as lengthy rehabilitation.
It is absolutely crucial for anyone living with the elderly, or on their own, to be aware of this situation and do everything in their power to prevent falls in the home. The best thing you can do to reduce the possibility of falls is to safe your living environment (or the environment of the person you’re worried about).