Americans are living longer than ever before, and most are maintaining independent lifestyles. However, at some point during senior’s active aging years, it is imperative that a fall assessment of the home be undertaken to catch problem areas early and prevent potentially catastrophic falls from occurring.
According to the National Safety Council, one in three older adults will fall each year. Most of these accidents occur in the home. Falls are the leading cause of serious injury in older adults. Unfortunately, more than 33,000 people died as a direct result of falls in 2015, and most of them were over the age of 65. Even if a senior enjoys an active lifestyle and appears to be in fantastic health, they can still sustain a serious and life-threatening fall if safety measures in the home are not undertaken. With only a few cost-efficient alterations such as improved lighting, non-skid flooring, decluttering, reorganization, and hand grips in key places, a clear majority of falls can be prevented.
Seniors who live an active lifestyle can still sustain a traumatic fall due to a wide array of causes such as medications, balance issues, vision impairment, excessive clutter, a slippery surface, or climbing to reach certain items.
Here are just a few fall prevention ideas:
If a senior who lives an active lifestyle is at risk of falling, then undertaking a few precautionary measures can prevent an accident from occurring. Most fall prevention steps are affordable and easy to undertake as a DIY project. Family members or friends can help in creating a safe home environment so a senior can continue enjoying an active lifestyle regardless of the passing years.