Last Friday marked the 10th annual National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Every year, the campaign seeks to raise awareness and prevent falls in the older adult population.
Injuries Caused by Falls Greatly Affect Seniors
Studies by the National Centers for Disease Control show that one out of every three seniors experience a fall each year, and that falls are the leading cause of injury related deaths in the United States. For those who are hospitalized after a fall, half are unable to return home or live independently after their injury.
Did you know that 60% of falls occur at home? Fortunately, there are a few ways you can make your home a safer place for yourself or a loved one:
Preventative Safety Measures
- Anchor loose cords and secure area throw rugs
- Reacher aids are inexpensive and easy to use ways to grab hard to reach objects
- Use nightlights to illuminate dark rooms and hallways
- Install grab bars by the toilet, shower and tub
- Put a rubber mat or slip resistant stickers in the tub
CLEANLINESS and Organization
- Clear clutter and spills before they become a problem
- Arrange storage areas so that frequently used items are always within arm’s reach
- Keep drawers and cabinets closed when not in use
- Slow down and be careful
- Never carry items that obstruct your view or are too heavy
Take Household Safety to the Next Level
The above tips and suggestions serve as a solid starting point to improving the safety of your home. However, some accidents can occur despite the care you take to prevent them. When an accident does happen, response time becomes paramount. Granite State Independent Living’s formerly offered Quiet Comfort technology utilized sensors placed throughout the house to record any unusual activity. Residents and their family members could receive text message notifications on their phone of any potential problems.
Other recommended emergency notification tools include Life Alert pendants and the “Ask My Buddy” personal alert network for Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Microsoft Cortana. These solutions can monitor your wellness in valuable ways, and get you in contact with the people you need in the event of an emergency.