Falls Prevention Week: How to make your home safer
Falling, we all fear it, either for ourselves, our parents, or grandparents. It’s a frightening fact, one in four Americans over the age of 65 will fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults.
Sept.18 kicks off Falls Prevention Week and we want to share some simple things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from falling at home.
Eighty-two-year-old Patricia Bersche spent two and a half days on her kitchen floor until help arrived. Her story is not uncommon. Sixty percent of falls happen inside the home.
If you’re over age 65, you have a 25% chance of falling and hurting yourself. Researchers predict there will be seven deadly falls every hour by 2030. That’s why it’s important to make your home as safe as possible.