Nearly half of senior home accidents are preventable, ER doctor survey says
Nearly 20 million seniors ages 65 and older visit the emergency room each year with almost a third of the visits related to injuries, many of which are sustained in the place seniors are meant to feel the safest: their home.
These preventable home hazards, such as throw rugs or loose railings, can be particularly harmful, leading to falls and injuries that can impact seniors' ability to live independently. However, the majority of seniors (85 percent) haven't taken any steps to prepare their homes for their changing needs as they grow older.
Senior home safety experts recommend that adult children of seniors take at least one day each year to perform a thorough safety check of their parents' home. To help families accomplish this goal and help seniors reduce the risk of injury in their own homes, the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Southeast South Dakota is offering free home safety checks conducted by local senior care experts throughout June. The safety checks will be provided at no cost on a time-available basis.
The most common issues found in seniors' homes are tripping hazards, bathrooms without assistive equipment, such as grab bars on the shower or tub, and storage that's too high or too low. A free home safety checklist, online safety assessment and recommendations for inexpensive modifications that could ensure the safety of older loved ones are also available at www.makinghomesaferforseniors.com.
To request a free home safety check or the home safety checklist, please call the local Home Instead Senior Care office at 605-996-0503.
— Source: Home Instead Senior Care