One in every five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
Over 40 percent of fractures occur at home, with 22.5 percent of them occurring inside (National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey & American Academy of Orthopaedic).
With staggering numbers like these, there’s no doubt that there is a need for modifications in homes to create safer living spaces and assist homeowners in Aging-in-Place, especially for older residents.
Approximately one third of people age 65 and older fall annually, and of those that do, hundreds of thousands will suffer potentially devastating hip fractures (OrthoStreams).
The most commonly broken bones – whether from stress over time, diseases such as Osteoporosis where bones are weakened or due to sudden impact – include the clavicle, arm, wrist, hip and ankle (ASU School of Life Sciences).
Symptoms of a broken bone include swelling and tenderness around the injury, bruising and deformities, where a bones look out of place or are puncturing the skin (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons). Below are some of the most common types of fractures to bones:
Many broken bones can be avoided with the right precautions in place. Reduce the risk of falls and broken bones at home with the following modifications:
- Use grab bars in the shower and near the toilet.
- Remove or secure throw rugs.
- Have ramps instead of stairs at entryways.
- Install extra lighting in hallways, near staircases and in the bathroom.
- Create reachable storage by installing rollout drawers.
- Install low-pile carpeting.
- Invest in a barrier-free shower instead of using a tub.
Ready to learn more? Register for our monthly CEU on “Diagnosis, Evaluation and Treatment of Hip Impingement Labral Tears, and Shoulder Instability,” presented by Michael P. McCabe, M.D. on 10/25 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.