To demonstrate LifeWise Renovation’s commitment to National Safety Month, our team wanted to share some statistics and simple tips to help avoid accidents in the home.
Each year, millions of adults aged 65 years and older fall. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Injury Center. These injuries include head trauma, as well as fractures to the spine, hip, arm, leg, ankle and hand.
With older adults, falls can easily occur due to muscle weakness, impaired vision and medications that cause dizziness or drowsiness. Injuries from falls can drastically decrease ability to live independently or have an active life. An injury from a fall can cost upwards of $20,000 and increase the risk of early death.
Luckily, falling (especially in a familiar home) is a problem that is largely preventable. Some common traps are slick floors, poor lighting, piles of clutter and uneven surfaces. According to the CDC, 66% of emergency room visits occur from bathroom accidents when getting in and out of the bathtub or shower. One of the newest universal design solutions is barrier-free showers. Watch a LifeWise Renovations video to learn how this latest trend in modern design is perfect for your space.
LifeWise Renovations also offers a list of steps to take to make anyone’s home safer:
- Remove clutter and move furniture to create open space and clear pathways.
- Secure rugs and replace high-pile carpet with slip-resistant flooring.
- Install railings on both sides of stairs.
- Place extra lighting in hallways, stairwells, and pathways traveled at night.
- Replace tubs with zero-entry showers.
- Add grab bars in the shower and near the toilet.
- Create reachable storage by installing rollout drawers and height-adjustable shelves in kitchens.
- Consider placing ramps over steps of exterior entrances.
LifeWise Renovations can provide your family with a complete home assessment to help reduce fall risk and remain safely in your home. To better understand this process, and the life-changing results our work provides, please read our Case Study Specific to Healthy Aging.
National Safety Council. “Is It Time to Fall-Proof Your Parent’s Home?”