Nearly Half of Senior Home Accidents are Preventable, ER Doctor Survey Says

Nearly Half of Senior Home Accidents are Preventable, ER Doctor Survey Says

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

Home Instead Senior Care ofAbilene Offers Free Resources, Tips for Easy Fixes that Reduce Accidents;Ensure Safety of Seniors Nearly 20 million seniors ages 65 and older visit the emergency room eachyear with almost a third of the visits related to injuries*, many of which aresustained in the place seniors are meant to feel the safest: their home. Infact, 65 percent of senior homes have at least one potential safety issue, accordingto adult children of seniors surveyed by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of theHome Instead Senior Care network. However, almost half of all home accidents byseniors can be avoided according to a recent survey of emergencyroom doctors.**These preventable home hazards, such as throw rugs or loose railings, can beparticularly harmful, leading to falls and injuries that can impact seniors’ability to live independently. However, the majority of seniors haven’t taken any steps to prepare their homes for their changing needs as theygrow older. {{more}}“The home should be the safest and most comfortable place for agingseniors,” says Derral Reed of the Home Instead Senior Care franchise officeserving Abilene. “It is critical for families and seniors to invest the time inidentifying and making the necessary home safety modifications to ensure itstays that way.”Senior home safety experts recommend that adult children of seniors take atleast one day each year to perform a thorough safety check of their parents’home. To help families accomplish this goal and help seniors reduce the risk ofinjury in their own homes, the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Abileneis offering a free home safety checklist, an online safety assessment andrecommendations for inexpensive modifications that could ensure the safety ofolder loved ones as part of the organization’s Making Home Safer for Seniorsprogram.“An annual safety check can help seniors avoid dangers that could threatentheir independence,” said Reed. “Using these free checklists and online toolscan help families see those red flags they wouldn’t otherwise notice. Andtypically, these are relatively easy and affordable fixes—and they could be thedifference between a trip to the emergency room and staying safe at home.”To request a free home safety checklist and other materials, please call thelocal Home Instead Senior Care office at 325-670-9610 or visit www.makinghomesaferforseniors.com. *Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:**Survey MethodologyIn the United States, Home Instead, Inc. network completed 600 telephone interviewswith seniors age 65 and older, and 600 telephone interviews with adult childrenwho have parents age 65 or older. The sampling error for each population is+/-4.0% at a 95% confidence level. Home Instead, Inc. also conductedfive-minute telephone interviews with 100 emergency room physicians randomlyselected from throughout the United States.