For many persons aged 65-and-over the bathroom is one of the most dangerous spots in the home. A bathroom’s slick surfaces, sharp corners, trip hazards and tight spaces all provide a recipe for accidental falls and serious injuries. For many family caregivers, making a senior’s bathroom safer is an important way to help ensure their at-home independence.
Many elderly Americans live with a fear of falling, and for good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during an average year 2.8 million seniors are injured in falls, resulting in 800,000 hospitalizations and over 27,000 fatalities. Furthermore, the CDC reports that the annual likelihood of an elderly person sustaining a serious fall, at home or elsewhere, is 1 in 3.
Maintaining healthy body balance is one of the most important tasks for people of any age, but this is especially true for seniors. Often, we ignore balance problems, assuming that it is just a part of growing older. But balance difficulties can cause a wide variety of issues, one of the most dangerous being an increased risk of falling. But thankfully, there are ways to keep yourself or your family member well-balanced and out of an elderly home. Really, all it takes is a little exercise and self-care.
We expect young children to fall as they begin to walk. We know one is bound to fall when learning new skills like how to ice skate. Yet as we age, we become afraid of falling. This fear is realistic: Falls are a leading cause of injury or death for people over 65. People in [...]