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Senior citizens and slip-and-falls

Many seniors in Florida are more agile and mobile than ever before. However, they have a higher risk of slipping and falling. Because of this risk, many older people often sustain injuries that result in them needing some form of medical care. According to Comfort Keepers, falls can severely compromise an older person’s quality of life. Seniors who suffer severe injuries from falling may lose their ability to live independently which can lead to the development of isolation, depression, physical and social issues.

Annually, falls are the cause of 9,500 senior citizen deaths. The incidence of repeat falls is much higher for older people who have already fallen once before. Businesses, loved ones and others can protect the elderly, especially those who are over the age of 65 from slip-and-fall accidents by improving the lighting in and around their properties, states U.S. News & World Report. For example, all entrances, exits and pathways should have easily accessible and fully functioning lights and switches.

All building codes and regulations should be met. For example, landlords and property owners should regularly inspect their buildings for missing railings and hand supports, broken or missing steps, cracked, warped or missing tiles, buckled and misplaced carpets and spills and wet surfaces. Barriers should be used to physically prevent seniors from accessing any pathways and stairs that are not safe.

Support rails should be located in kitchens and bathrooms to provide seniors with something to hold onto as they are moving around and getting in and out of bathtubs and showers. For example, property owners should also place no-slip mats in areas where there is a higher risk of slip-and-falls due to slippery conditions from moisture and spills.

There are many factors that contribute to senior citizens falling. However, many of those incidents can be prevented with the right safety measures and devices.



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