According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three seniors will fall in their homes at some point. One in five of those falls will leave the senior with a serious head injury, hip fracture, or broken bones. Maintaining a safe environment can help prevent falls.
Seniors are more prone to falling than any other age group. A variety of factors contribute to their propensity to fall, such as failing health, medications, balance problems, and poor vision. As a person ages, altering the home to prevent falls becomes a necessity. Injuries are preventable with a few alterations such as improved lighting, removing trip hazards by decluttering, non-slip flooring, handrails/grab bars, and rearranging the kitchen.
Most home alterations that prevent falls are highly affordable and can be done with only minimal effort.
Increasing safety within the home is a necessity for all seniors who want to maintain an independent lifestyle. Home safety doesn’t have to break the bank. The above ideas are easy and cost-efficient. Each idea outlined can prevent unnecessary falls. Installing home safety items to prevent falls in the home also lifts the morale of the senior and alleviates fears. Many seniors become depressed and fearful of falling, which limits their movement indoors and significantly takes away from their overall enjoyment of life, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Improving safety in the home helps prevent falls and improves peace of mind for the senior.