Preventing trips and falls
Most homes that seniors live in were designed for families with children, teens and adults. Trip hazards are relatively unimportant to people with good eyesight and strong bones. However, when our range of motion is decreased, or our reflexes and natural balance mechanisms reduced, the typical home can have a number of areas that are safety hazards.
The greatest risk to seniors living in their home is of falling. Falls are the most frequent cause of senior injury. The ‘fall’ is often the defining event before a rapid decline in health, mobility and optimism. And is often the main reason people leave their home to live in a residence.