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Keeping The Elderly Safe With Regard To Slip And Fall Accidents

February 11, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

Keeping The Elderly Safe With Regard To Slip And Fall Accidents

It is a proven statistic that the elderly are more susceptible to slip and fall related accidents. Equally of concern is the fact that the elderly typically suffer more severe injuries as a result of having been involved in a slip and fall type of accident. That is why it is so important to consider all aspects of improved safety as a way to prevent this type of accident from occurring.

Improve Balance

For example, one excellent way of helping the elderly become less susceptible to accidents involving slips and falls is to ensure that they enjoy a regular exercise program. Exercise has been shown by research and studies to greatly reduce the chances of falling. In short, regular moderate exercise can make those of any age stronger and can improve balance. Coordination, balance and strength can all contribute to improved health and reduce the chances of falling.

Outdoors Or At Work

Along with exercise it is recommended that the elderly have regular eye exams to ensure correct vision. Improper vision or blurred vision has been attributed to many accidents involving slips and falls. In addition, the home should be made as safe as possible to prevent these types of accidents from occurring in the first place. Some estimates suggest that more than half of all falls occur in the home as opposed to outdoors or at work. That is why it is recommended to properly configure the home in a safe and secure way. Removing clutter such as shoes, clothes and books from walkways and stairways and other high traffic areas is always recommended.

Unsecured Rug

Equally important is to do away with small throw rugs or use rugs that are firmly secured with double-sided tape. This can serve to greatly reduce the chances of an elderly person accidentally tripping. Nonslip bathmats and secured rugs should be used in the bathroom too. Nonslip mats should be used in the shower and in the bathtub. All these precautions can go a long way in eliminating unnecessary hazards to the elderly. Consider these simple tips as a way to prevent falls that cause the elderly to become injured. Contact a Phoenix personal injury law firm today if you or someone you love has been injured due to someone else’s negligence. Hastings and Hastings is a focused personal injury law firm in Phoenix Arizona.