According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, falls account for 85% of injury-related hospitalizations for seniors age 65 and over. Nearly half of seniors who fall sustain a minor injury, and 5% to 25% experience a a fracture, sprain or other serious injury.
If those stats aren’t alarming enough, consider that falls cause over 90% of hip fractures in seniors, and that 20% will die within a year of the fracture!
Even seniors who are not injured after a fall may experience a decrease in confidence and activities, which can lead to a decline in health and function and increase the likelihood that they’ll fall again. Next time they may not be so lucky!
Clearly, reducing the risk of falls is an important health and safety concern. Here are five things you should check right now to make sure your home is a safe environment for seniors and family members of all ages.
- Do mats and other loose rugs have non-skid backing?
- Is a sturdy step stool available for accessing items in overhead cabinets?
- Are stairways and halls well lit?
- Are grab bars installed near the toilet and bathtub?
- Are handrails sturdy and securely fastened?
For help assessing these or other aspects of your home, please email us or call 905-971-9568 for your free, no obligation consultation.
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