What You Don’t Know About Elderly Falls Could Hurt

Every day, there’s a new story or statistic about seniors falling in their homes, outside their car, or on a simple walk around the block.

People are living longer. They are becoming frailer with age. This leads to significant increases in falls among seniors.

Older adults count for 84% of all fall-related deaths and 68% of hospital stays for fall-related injuries, according to the Bureau of Health Information, Statistics, Research and Evaluation at the Massachusetts Department of Health.

Mom after Fall

“Mom after her 2nd fall.”

These are scary statistics because many people don’t know what you’ll take away from this article.

The fact that falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly is startling.

According to documented research, one of every three seniors will report a fall this year – many more are unreported. It’s also well documented that the time that elapses between a fall and receiving help has a direct impact on the outcome of the fall.

It’s important to find an elderly person who has fallen as early as possible.

While there are some ways to prevent a fall including improving balance and vision and reducing hazards in the home, falls can become catastrophic.

Recently, my sister in law lost her mother after a fall. She found her Mom on the floor, unconscious, and didn’t know how long she had been there. It was tragic – especially because another one of my friends had the same experience two years ago with her Mother.

Others have found their Mom or Dad has fallen and broken their hip, which is very common among elderly who have frail joints and bones. The study I cited above also states that 1 in 5 falls was associated with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and 1 in 10 involved the fracture of their hip or femur.

It’s situations like these that led innovators to develop SafeinHome.

At SafeinHome, we worry about your Mom and Dad living alone. That’s why we built the system to help you check in on your parents, all day and all night.

Skeptical? Call for a free consultation. You’ll be glad you did!


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