Statistics for Falls in the Bathroom Are Personal
There are a lot of studies which include statistics surrounding falls in the home. Statistics don’t mean much when it happens to you or a loved one. That’s when it becomes personal. My 87-year-old mom has fallen numerous times breaking three hips (yes, she only has two hips- one was broken twice), her pelvis, a shoulder, both arms and a wrist. Each of those was a result of a separate fall. We have taken multiple measures to lower her risk of future falls since each injury has diminished her mobility. Since some of the most dangerous falls occur in the bathroom, a Rane Walk-in Tub is an important safety tool besides providing accessibility and an upscale spa-like atmosphere to your home.
One-third of the population over 65 fall each year. It is most likely much higher than that since many falls are not reported unless there is a significant injury. In fact, falls are the leading cause of death in the older generation with 9,500 deaths each year. Eighty-seven percent of all fractures in the elderly are from falls. It is estimated that 2/3 of those will fall again within 6 months. Older patients hospitalized due to falls will experience stays twice as long. One-fourth of seniors with hip fractures die within 6 months. Though many falls result in no injuries, 47% of those cannot get up without assistance. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention report 235,000 people over the age of 15 visit the Emergency Room due to falls in the bathroom.
Out of all those eye-opening statistics, it only takes one fall to injure you or your loved one and that is very personal. There are many ways to prevent falls including providing adequate lighting, making clear paths, avoiding rugs and slick floors. Rane Bathing and Accessibility is dedicated to making bathing a safer and more pleasant experience for all ages. For years, Rane has been well respected in the medical field for designing and producing safe bathing accessibility products for health institutions.
Now this family-owned business, which was a pioneer in the field of walk-in tubs, with a combined impressive 80 years in the profession have exquisite Walk-in Tubs designed for your private home. These easy-to-access lovely tubs are a perfect solution for all ages with or without mobility issues. Not only do Rane’s Walk-in Tubs prevent falls, they prevent injuries for caregivers trying to assist those with limited mobility. They encourage more independence and privacy. Rane Walk-in Tubs are a great investment to prepare for your own aging-in-place. Contact Rane Bathing and Accessibility today.