Tips on Preventing Slips and Falls
Published on January 11, 2017
Older adults and seniors experience more fatal and nonfatal injuries in the home each year than any other demographic. Slips and falls are the most common of these injuries. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one-third of adults 65 and older fall each year. Of the 2.3 million adults who suffered nonfatal injuries in 2010, 662,000 were hospitalized. The most common injuries included hip fractures, head lacerations, and head trauma.
Paragon Rehabilitation recommends taking the following safety measures to help decrease the risk of slips and falls in the home:
- Stairways should have handrails on both sides.
- Attach safety treads to steps.
- Remove tripping hazards such as throw rugs, furniture, and clutter from walkways.
- Use self-adhesive, non-skid mats or safety treads in bathtubs, showers, and pools.
- Use non-skid rugs on bathroom floors.
- Use non-skid pads under rugs on bare floors.
- Install grab bars on both sides of toilets and bathtubs, especially on those used by seniors.
While slips and falls don’t always result in injury, they can instill fear in older adults, limiting their mobility. Seniors with weaker body strength, frail muscles, and problems with balance and walking on their own, are at a greater risk of suffering an injury from falling. To reduce this risk, seniors should participate in regular exercise to improve lower body strength.
Center for Disease Control