Senior Home Safety Tips To Prevent Falls and Injuries
Many seniors in today’s world prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible. However, as we age, living at home may become more difficult. So we created this video! This video features senior home safety tips in the form of a home tour.
It some cases, as our bodies become more fragile, the home can pose several potential health risks for falls, injuries, burns, and more. This is important to know. Why? Because broken hip bones are one of the leading reasons for death among individuals age 65 years and older.
Consider the following statistics:
– People age 75 and older who fall are four to five times more likely than those age 65 to 74 to be admitted to a long-term care facility for a year or longer.
– Over 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls.15Each year, there are over 258,000 hip fractures and the rate for women is almost twice the rate for men.
– In 2013, the direct medical costs of falls, adjusted for inflation, were $34 billion.
As you’ll see demonstrated in the senior home safety video, there are a number of things you can do to make your home safe for the elderly.
These home modifications range from threshold adjustment, to bathroom grab bars, to stairs/ramps, and more. This video tour offers senior home safety tips and modifications. These tips help caregivers, family members, and friends become more familiar with the changes that can be made to make the home safe for the aging process.
Additional senior home safety tips:
- In home safety tips from the CDC, they also advise wearing shoes at all times in the home. Seniors should avoid going barefoot or wearing sandals, slippers or flip-flops as these can be tripping hazards.
- If you are looking for additional resources, check out the Fall Prevention Center for Excellence, where they are committed to stopping falls, one step at a time.
- This checklist from the CDC allows healthcare providers to summarize an older patient’s fall risk
- Download the senior home safety checklist from Sunlight Support
- Read these simple tips to prevent falls from Mayo Clinic