Amidst obligations at home and work, taking the time to check in regularly with older adult family members can prove challenging. Particularly in the past few months with concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping some distance may have seemed like the safest move. However, it is important to remember that the aging process creates unique challenges, limiting mobility for older adults and making personal injuries more likely to happen. In some cases, they may not want to bother you with these issues or may even be embarrassed if a problem occurs. Protecting older adults from personal injuries is important, so you should be aware of common injury causes and signs that your loved one may be at risk.
Protecting Older Adults Who Live Alone
Aging in place is often a top priority for older adults. To remain in their own home, your loved one may downplay some of the challenges they face. Unfortunately, accidents can happen that endanger their health. Slips and falls are among the most common.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly one out of every four older adults suffers some type of slip and fall each year. These can happen in the home or when out in public, such as when grocery shopping or attending doctor appointments. Common causes of slips and falls among older adults include:
Wet, slippery floors
Torn or frayed carpeting
Uneven flooring tiles
Lack of proper lighting
Cluttered hallways or store aisles
Lack of proper landscaping
Lack of handrails on stairs or at heights
When older adults suffer slips and fall, personal injuries that result are likely to be worse due to their age. Broken bones and back or head injuries are common and can end up necessitating the need for nursing home care. To protect older adult family members, go through their home to identify potential hazards and consider accompanying them on errands. If a slip and fall occurs while out, notify the property owner and get medical care for your loved one immediately.
Protecting Older Adults In Nursing Homes
Lack of mobility and health conditions often mean that older adults require more intensive, round the clock care. It has been a long six months for those currently in nursing homes, as COVID-19 required preventing them from having in-person visitors. A September 1, 2020 WBTV News report states that Governor McMaster is finally lifting these restrictions.
During upcoming visits, pay close attention to the health of your loved one. Nursing home abuse and neglect is an unfortunately common problem facing older adults. Signs include:
Unexplained bruises and other types of injuries
Increased anxiety or depression
A neglected appearance
A general decline in overall health
If you notice these or other signs, report it immediately to a supervisor. Nursing home employees and administrators can be held liable for abuse and any injuries your loved one suffers.
Reach Out To Our Aiken Personal Injury Attorney
Protecting the older adults in your life from personal injuries is imperative. At the Surasky Law Firm, we help you hold those at fault accountable when personal injuries impact you or a loved one. To request a consultation, reach out and contact our Aiken personal injury attorney today.