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Bathroom Safety – Don’t overlook it

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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In life, there are some things that you just cannot avoid, and getting older is one of them.  As we get older, we start to lose some mobility; some more rapidly than others.  As we lose mobility, some tasks become more difficult while others become potentially hazardous to our health.  When it comes to mobility and accessibility products, the bathroom has an intense focus from this industry.  In this two-part post, we will discuss the dangers of falls and some products that can help prevent them.

Here are some eye-catching statistics to think about:

  1. Falls result in more than 2.4 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 772,000 hospitalizations and more than 21,700 deaths.
    Falls are serious health risks, but can be assisted by a variety of products.
  1. Treatment for hip fractures typically includes surgery and hospitalization, usually for about one week, and is frequently followed by admission to a nursing home and extensive rehabilitation.
    Rehabilitation from a hip fracture is intense. Weekly appointments combined with daily exercises to do at home for upwards of six months plus.
  2. 55% of all falls take place inside the home.
    Slipper sidewalks and steps are bad, but actually, most falls take place at home. Tripping while walking, slippery bathroom floors, door frames, etc… all statistically cause the most damage.
  3. Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions, and 40% of all nursing home admissions.

The transition from independent living to any assisted living or long-term care is typically a difficult one for people because they don’t enjoy feeling like they are losing independence.

All of these stats also understate the major issue, though, because there are a significant number of falls that do not even get reported.  If you have an elderly loved one that still lives at home, make sure to educate yourself on fall prevention and what to do if a fall occurs.  Be sure to check out our product catalog at Bel-Regional Home Medical for your mobility and bathroom safety related products.  Or call us at 1-800-453-7801.

 

*All stats are pulled from the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC)

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