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What are the Safety Risks Seniors Face?

Safety is one of the biggest priorities that family members have when it comes to their elderly loved ones. Which is why seniors safety can be a sensitive subject to family members. There could be a knot in the stomach, a headache emerging or the urgent need to check in on a loved one because you are worried that they may have had a fall or become injured.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that one out of three elderly adults, aged sixty-five plus, will have either a fatal or nonfatal injury due to a fall. This statistic is very high and should be taken seriously. If a loved one falls. there are many issues that can come up. Here are just a few injuries that can result from a fall:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury– The main reason why falls can be fatal is because traumatic brain injury can occur. In fact, almost fifty percent of elderly people who have a fatal fall develop a brain injury.
  • Hip Fractures, Lacerations and head trauma– Thirty percent of people who fall will have one or more than one of these moderate injuries, according to the CDC. This not only makes a loved one’s life more challenging because they are suffering from an injury, but they could also be vulnerable to falling again.
  • Fractures– Elderly relatives may fall and fracture a bone. Hip, ankle, pelvis, leg and hand fractures are the most common and almost always occur because of a fall.

If precautionary measures aren’t taken, elderly loved ones may be prone to having traumatic or even fatal injury. Here are tips on how to protect your loved one from an injury:

  • Have them exercise regularly. This will help stabilize their muscles so that they can walk around without falling and will help to improve their balance.
  • Get their eyes checked. Sometimes a loved one could be having a hard time seeing but does not want to speak up about it. Getting their eyes checked will help you and your loved one understand exactly how well they can see.
  • Look into in-home care- In-home care can be very beneficial to making sure that your loved one is safe and protected. An in-home care specialist will be there to help your loved one up and down. They can also help with tasks that might be too challenging and be there to take them to a hospital immediately if an emergency were to happen.

Making sure that a loved one is safe is important and you should take every step you can to prevent common injuries from occurring. Learn more about elderly safety or call 800-955-9111.