When a person thinks about slipping and falling, rarely does he conjure images of a casket. However, there are thousands of incidents of fatal falls each year that occur within personal residences. These are not construction site tumbles from great heights or missteps when crossing a busy road. They are mere accidents within familiar surroundings. The majority of these fatal events are suffered by older adults, over the age of 65, which result in serious injuries such as hip fractures, concussions, or lacerations. The injuries can, unfortunately, weaken the immune system, force the victim to remain stationary, or the need for surgical treatment can be too much for the person to tolerate.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the risk of a serious slip and fall. Many of these suggestions may seem rather obvious, but the truth is that they are regularly overlooked. In many instances, the failure to address the problem is partially due to the fact that loved ones don’t see their elderly relative as fragile. That being said, you might be wise to consider the following measures in your home or that of your family member.
· Ensure stairways are carpeted or have safety treads and that well secured handrails are available on both sides of the stairwell.
· Acknowledge the fact that beautiful design can impede a person. Throw rugs, for instance, can be a tripping hazard and too many accessories can create clutter and increase the potential of a misstep.
· Outfit bathtubs with handles and non-skid treads. Also use non-slip rugs on bathroom floors.
· Consider grab bars on either side of the toilet for elderly relatives who have difficulty transitioning from standing to sitting, or vice versa.
Not only will these measures help you keep your loved ones safe, they can also reduce the risk of visitors being harmed while on your property. This means, of course, that personal injury lawsuits are kept at bay.