Slip & Fall Prevention in Assisted Living Facilities
Falls represent a critical public health threat to older adults. More than half of all older adults who live in assisted care facilities will fall each year.
- Of those who fall, 20% to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard for them to get around or live independently, and increase their risk of early death.
- Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes.
- Emergency departments treat over 2.4 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults; more than 662,000 of these patients had to be hospitalized.
- he total estimated annual cost of fatal falls in Ohio is $646 million, while non-fatal, hospital-admitted falls cost more than $4.2 billion annually.
Keeping the elderly from slipping means making floors in kitchens, rooms, restroom s, lobbies, and hallways slip resistant using treatments from Wet Surface Solutions.