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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.
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.

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April 21, 2014

Is home a safe place?
33% of trips to the hospital and ER are caused by falls and other accidents at the home.2

48% of home accidents experienced by seniors could be prevented.1

47% 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

85% of seniors have done nothing to prepare their homes for aging. 2

Risk factors at home
100% of ER doctors said that poor eyesight, mobility problems, balance issues, impaired motor skills and dementia are all very serious risk factors for seniors as potential causes of injuries or accidents at home. 1

65% of seniors’ homes have at least one potential safety issue, according to adult children. The most common issues are tripping hazards, bathrooms without assistive equipment, and storage that is too high or too low.3

97% 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

Doctor’s Orders
61% 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 aging parents’ homes once each year. 1

100% 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.

Sources
In the United States, Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network completed:1 100 telephone interviews with emergency room physicians
2 600 telephone interviews with seniors age 65 and older, and
3 600 telephone interviews with adult children who have parents age 65 or older

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  1. July 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm | Posted by Sherril DuBois

    How about all the ER doctors and all the doctors that have offices get together and start educating their patients. There should be some protocols in place where a doctor could talk to a family member and let them know where their loved one is in the process of aging. Just buried my 90 year old mother and I am shocked at the lack of communication in the medical community. If there are no protocols in place then why don't we get some in place. My mothers GP in a small community was treating her for everything except Dementia. He never one time asked for a family member to come with her to the visits. We all knew mom was having problems, but aging people are masters at hiding the truth because they might get 'put in a home'!! Maybe it is time to address the lack of communication between doctors and aging family members. I finally figured out the medical community does not know what to do with end of life issues like these.

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