Preventing Slips and Falls – Infographic
People of all ages experience slips and fall occasionally, but for Seniors, the risk and occurrence rates are higher and often more consequential . Many of these accidents are preventable, however, because they happen at home, or in care facilities, where you, as the caregiver, have some control over the environment.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 3 seniors, aged 65 and older above have experienced a fall every year — with 20-30% of the accidents resulting in moderate injuries, from bruising, hip and knee fractures, to traumatic brain injuries.
Aside from medical and rehabilitation expenses, a simple slip and fall incident maytake a greater toll on an aging senior. It can affect his or her mobility and independence, and sometimes affects their psychological and emotional health.