What are the most unsafe areas of the home for seniors? Bathrooms and bedrooms lead the way, according to a survey of ER doctors in the U.S. and Canada conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network. Physicians say that injuries are most likely to happen in these areas of the home:
Bathroom – 69%
Bedroom – 13%
Kitchen – 9%
Stairs – 5%
An overwhelming majority of ER doctors, adult children, and seniors agree that falls are the most common home accidents for older adults.
So what can older adults who want to stay at home do? One hundred percent agree that an annual home safety check is very important to a senior’s home safety. A room-by-room check can make all the difference in keeping seniors safe and independent at home.
So, too, can having additional help around the house. An estimated 97% of ER doctors report that not having help at home with activities of daily living is a very serious risk factor for accidents or injuries at home.
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