How Can I Prevent Elderly Slip and Fall Accidents?

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Did you know that one in four elderly adults in the United States experiences a slip and fall accident each year?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of both fatal injuries and non-fatal injuries in elderly Americans. Instead of waiting and hoping your aging relative doesn’t have a slip and fall accident, you can be proactive in reducing their risk of such a devastating event.

Home Care in Plantation FL: Prevent Elderly Slip And Fall Accidents

Home Care in Plantation FL: Prevent Elderly Slip And Fall Accidents


Seniors and Slip and Fall Accidents

Everyone takes a tumble now and then, but for seniors, a slip and fall accident can be a life-changing problem. Because elderly people are not as resilient, injuries from a slip and fall can seriously affect their health. In fact, a serious injury like that can completely disrupt their lives, causing many to go from living independently to requiring a family caregiver and elder care provider services.

Aging adults are at risk for several health issues that can cause a slip and fall accident. Poor vision, vertigo, weakened muscles, dizziness from medication, slow reflexes or joint and muscle stiffness from chronic conditions can all contribute to instability on their feet. The environment can also cause problems, with throw rugs, floor clutter, slippery surfaces and poor lighting. Family caregivers need to work with their elderly relative, friends, neighbors and elder care providers to ensure that all hazards are addressed before an accident happens.


Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents

Taking a proactive approach is the best way to reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents. It’s certainly worth reviewing all the ways that seniors can be safer with your other family members, friends, doctors, neighbors, elder care providers and more. When your aging loved one realizes how much their health and wellness can be affected by a serious slip and fall accident, they will eagerly participate in ways to prevent falling.

One of the ways that you can reduce the risk of your loved one falling includes installing grab bars on stairs and in the bathroom. Other ideas include clearing clutter and furniture from walkways, increasing light in dimly lit areas, and eliminating throw rugs. You and the elder care provider can make sure your aging relative is eating properly, exercising and even going to physical therapy to strengthen their core and improve their balance. Fitted shoes are important as well to keep seniors on their feet.

The best way for elderly adults to avoid a slip and fall accident is for their support team to work together to help them eliminate or reduce the factors that contribute to the problems. It’s important for all family members, doctors, friends, elder care providers and anyone else that supports the aging adult to work together to reduce the risk of a slip and fall accident.


If you or a family member are in need of Home Care in Plantation, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.

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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.