April 21, 2014
Is home a safe place?
40% of trips to the hospital and ER are caused by falls and other accidents at the home.3
53% of home accidents experienced by seniors could be prevented.1
57% of ER physicians said the most common response from families when a senior visits the ER due to a home accident is “I was afraid something like this would happen.” 1
89% of seniors have done nothing to prepare their homes for ageing.2
Risk factors at home
100% of ER doctors said that mobility problems, balance issues and impaired motor skills are all very serious risk factors for seniors as potential causes of injuries or accidents at home. 1
71% of seniors’ homes have at least one potential safety issue, according to adult children. The most common issues are tripping hazards, storage that is too high or too low, and bathrooms without assistive equipment.3
99% of ER physicians said that not having help at home with activities of daily living is a very serious risk factor for seniors and a potential cause for injuries or accidents at home. 1
66% of seniors seen in the ER could benefit from extra support at home. 1
100% of ER physicians say it is very important that adult children perform a safety check of their ageing parents’ homes once each year.1
99% of ER physicians say it is very important that families of seniors invest in basic home safety modifications. Some of the most common recommendations include installing assistive equipment in the bathroom and handrails on stairs, removing clutter and tripping hazards, and improving lighting. 1
Check out ways to help make your senior’s home safer by completing a room-by-room safety check.
In Canada, Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network completed:
1 100 telephone interviews with emergency room physicians
2 400 telephone interviews with seniors age 65 and older, and
3 400 telephone interviews with adult children who have parents age 65 or older
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