Over 30% of adults 65 or older will fall in the coming year according to the CDC. The risk of falling increases with age. Falls are the most common injury for older people. A wet floor or a cracked walkway could cause considerable injuries. These falls will cause serious injuries, such as head or brain injuries. Hip fractures (more common in women than men) make it difficult for seniors to live on their own. Many older adults who have taken a fall become afraid that it will happen again, causing them to limit their activities. Adults over 75, when they fall, most likely will become residents of a long-term care facility for a certain time or for the rest of their lives.
There are a number of ways to prevent slips and falls in your home, which include removing hazards (rugs, clutter), installing handrails, installing grab bars in the bathroom, etc. Other ways are exercising and telling your doctor if a medication makes you dizzy. Visit www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/prevent-slips-falls for more information.
What many don't realize is that even if you haven't taken the precautions at home to prevent falls, the law requires those responsible for public spaces to take steps to prevent injury from slip and falls. This means timely cleanup of spills, warning signs for wet floors, and adequate safety measures like railings and handrails, etc. If you fall in a public place, remember to consult an attorney experienced in slip and fall cases for help.