Anyone can be a victim of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Georgia; however, it seems as if the young and the old are some of the most common victims who suffer from head injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three elderly people over the age of 65 fall. Sadly, many of these falls lead to traumatic brain injuries and even death.
Because a senior’s risk for falling increases with age, it is important to learn how to prevent falls and reduce the risk of traumatic brain injuries for the elderly. Because most falls that involve seniors occur in the home, according to the CDC, caregivers and family members also need to know what steps they can take to help reduce unintentional falls from occurring.
8 Steps to Make Homes Safer to Reduce Falls & TBIs for Seniors include:
- Install grab bars and a sturdy seat in the tub and shower
- Use non-slip bath mats
- Install a hand-held shower
- Install a raised toilet seat
- Use nightlights in hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms
- Install an entrance ramp into the house for seniors to avoid steps
- Encourage seniors to use walkers and security poles
- Promote wearing shoes or non-slip slippers inside the house
By taking simple measures in the home, a senior’s risk for suffering a fall and receiving a traumatic brain injury in Georgia may be reduced.
If you or a loved one suffered a fall and traumatic brain injury in Gwinnett County due to someone else’s negligence or unsafe property conditions, contact Shane Smith Law to learn about your rights at 770.487.8999 and speak with an experienced Norcross brain injury lawyer in a free initial case consultation today.