Slip and fall accidents are relatively common, and they can lead to significant injuries for those involved. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall cases account for more than one million emergency room visits across the United States each year, which make up approximately 12% of all fall injuries.
There is one group that is more susceptible to slip and fall injuries than any other – older adults. We want to discuss how fall incidents can affect older people and give some tips about how you can work to prevent slip and fall accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people 65 years of age and older fall each year. The CDC says that more than 25% of older Americans fall annually, and falling once doubles a person’s chances of falling again. Across the United States, three million older adults are treated for injuries caused by falls in the hospital each year. While not all of these fall incidents are the result of a “slip or fall,” a significant portion are. One out of every five falls causes a serious personal injury in an older adult, according to the CDC. The most common personal injuries that older adults sustain when they are involved in a slip and fall accident include the following:
The first step in preventing slip and fall injuries is understanding some of the risk factors associated with older adults and falls. Some of the leading causes and contributing factors to falls include:
Friends, family members, and caregivers can help prevent these injuries by taking various steps. This includes:
Additionally, it is crucial to ensure that an older adult has proper nutrition and is properly hydrated so they can maintain as much strength as possible. Caregivers and family members can also work to increase the lower body strength of an older adult by helping them through various forms of exercises or physical therapy. Implementing an exercise and healthy diet can help minimize potential serious injury claims.