As we get older, we find that it is much harder to recover from injuries. The body loses some of its resiliency and becomes slower at rebuilding tissue. At the same time, hand-eye coordination and overall dexterity also diminish, improving the chances of having an accident.
Among the senior set, some of the more common accidents experienced include poisoning from household chemicals, near drowning in swimming pools, cuts from common household tasks like chopping vegetables or opening cans, and the single most common cause of injury among seniors — falls. It’s worth noting that most of those falls occur in the bathroom.
One can easily purchase a wide variety of safety-enhancing measures, custom-tailored to the older adult, particularly items geared towards bathroom safety. From grab bars to ease getting into or out of the tub to lift chairs, there are a lot of technology options that can make life easier and safer.
Another vital aspect of preventing accidents is through education. SeniorCare.net is a wonderful resource of useful info. One post on its blog is especially pertinent to any discussion of household accidents — a roundup of 47 blog posts from across the Internet on the topic of accidents seniors suffer. Here is a small sample:
- Cooper Health: It has been reported that more than one-third of American seniors suffer from a fall each year. Follow this blog to get prevention and home safety tips.
- Heavenly Helpers: Senior citizens consume 40% of all prescription drugs in America. Unfortunately, these prescription drugs can sometimes lead to accidental injury. Read this blog post, and learn how to avoid medication mishaps.
- Euro IPN: This study from Greece lists the five most common unintentional injuries that led to death among seniors in their country.
Get informed and be prepared: It takes far less effort to prevent an accident than it does to recover from one.