April 21, 2014
What are the most unsafe areas of the home for seniors? Bathrooms and bedrooms lead the way, according to a survey of ER doctors in the U.S. and Canada conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network. Physicians say that injuries are most likely to happen in these areas of the home:
- Bathroom – 69% (56% in Canada)
- Bedroom – 13% (14% in Canada)
- Kitchen – 9% (12% in Canada)
- Stairs – 5%
An overwhelming majority of ER doctors (100% in the U.S. and 99% in Canada), adult children (85% in the U.S. and 84% in Canada), and seniors (94% in the U.S. and 97% in Canada) agree that falls are the most common home accidents for older adults.
So what can older adults who want to stay at home do? ER doctors in the U.S. and Canada are unanimous. One hundred percent agree that an annual home safety check is very important to a senior’s home safety. A room-by-room check can make all the difference in keeping seniors safe and independent at home.
So, too, can having additional help around the house. An estimated 97% (99% in Canada) of ER doctors report that not having help at home with activities of daily living is a very serious risk factor for accidents or injuries at home.
This home safety check is being provided solely for the purpose of raising the recipient’s awareness of any potential home safety issues. It is not intended to address every potential home safety issue present in the recipient’s home before, during or after this home safety check’s administration. Neither the findings of, nor any of the suggestions from, this home safety check are intended to be construed as, and should not be construed as being, health care or safety related advice or instruction. Recipients of this home safety check should always consult with their medical or other health care professionals for any medical diagnosis and treatment, as well as a qualified home inspector or home repair contractor for any recommended and necessary home repairs and safety updates.
Home Instead, Inc. and the members of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise and master franchise network expressly disclaim any liability with respect to the findings or suggestions of any home safety check, the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided or omitted from any home safety check’s findings or suggestions, and any accidents, property damages and injuries that occur in the home before, while or after the home safety check is conducted.
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