As the days get shorter, and the nights longer and colder, it makes one think about ice, snow and…falling. While global warming hasn’t given us much (if any) ice or snow yet, it is something to prepare for, especially if the state you live in anticipates seasonal snowfall.
The community that supports and takes care of senior citizens is currently making strides to ensure slip and fall prevention is being taught to all who are susceptible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that “falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional injury and death in the United States and are the leading cause of injuries.”
The following video was created with the intention of offering information to those who may run the risk of falling. It offers up tips for seniors and the loved ones who care for them in hopes that it will keep all the elderly safe. CDCP claims that the greatest risk factor for an accident is those who have fallen in the past, as over two-thirds of seniors who have experienced a fall will do so again in less than six months. If the initial incident can be prevented, then the by-products of that accident will lead to a much healthier and brighter future.
In addition to these safety tips, family members of seniors living on their own might consider purchasing a senior medical alert system. Critical Signal Technologies has a line of personal emergency response systems that range in size and price, yet are easy to use and will immediately connect your loved one to an emergency center if a fall were to occur.
Did you know… If a senior in need receives help in the first hour, also known as “the golden hour” there is a 90% chance that they will return home. If a senior in need does not receive help within six hours, there is a 90% chance they will require a nursing home. A typical day at CST consists of: answering 2,700 calls each business day, handling 2,200 signals each day, making 2,100 telephone calls each day, handling 345 service tickets each day, shipping 140 new devices out each day, handling 200 actual emergencies each day, reducing hospital re-admissions by 30-40% and helping save 150 each day! What do those numbers mean? Simply put, we are there when seconds count; we’re a critical service in prolonging independence.
Accidents can occur no matter how much planning one does, but with an alert system from CST in place, the senior in your life will feel more safe knowing that someone is monitoring them at all times.