Falls among seniors are incredibly common, and can cause serious injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 2.5 million adults aged 65 and older in the United States are treated for fall injuries every year. And in a recent survey of 2,000 adults conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI), the more than 500 respondents with a parent or grandparent living alone or with a spouse said they were concerned for those aging relatives’ safety.
Despite their concerns, more than half said that their senior loved ones living alone lack a number of basic in-home safety items. Features such as raised toilet seats, entrance ramps and shower grab bars can help prevent unintentional falls, while emergency response systems make it easier for seniors to call for much-needed help in the event of a fall.