Over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury and over 17,000 people die in the U.S. annually because of these injuries, according to the CDC. It is also estimated that 20% to 30% of people who experience a slip and fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as: bruises, hip fractures, or head injuries. Slips and falls are mainly caused by a slippery surface. Here are 3 ways you can prevent slipping and falling because you do not want to become one of those statistics.
- Grab Bars— Small spills, clutter, and loose flooring could result in an increase in injuries. Slip and fall accidents are a very common cause for brain injuries and account for 46% of fatal falls for older Americans. For people who may have limited mobility, a grab bar can provide a much safer way to get in and out of places such as the bathroom. These bars are primarily used as safety rails for toilets and in showers which aid in stability. Grab bars create a sense of security and improved independence in the home.
- Threshold ramps— Doorways and uneven surfaces can cause problems in any house. If you have limited mobility, a threshold ramp might be the best answer to combat this problem. Threshold ramps feature a safer incline to make easing over uneven surfaces a breeze. This will help create independence for those living alone and can help those assisting others move easily and safely throw door and entryways. These ramps are available in aluminum, rubber, plastic and even extra-wide models to fit any home.
- Stairlifts— Falling up or down the stairs can cause hip fractures, head traumas, spinal cord injuries and in severe cases, even death. Stairlifts allow you to move between levels in your home safely and confidently. They are available in a variety of different styles and models so you can find the right fit for you and your needs.
More and more people are choosing to age in place. However, the typical home can be full of hazards if you aren’t paying attention. From small spills in the bathroom to pesky stairs, danger can be anywhere. Next Day Access is committed to helping you find products to make your home a safer place. Contact us today to see which solutions work best for you!