Fact: Research Reveals that 1 in 4 Americans Over the Age of 65 Will Suffer The Effects Of A Fall In 2017 Alone (1.)
Studies conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that one quarter of Americans over 65 will experience a fall this year.
Every 11 seconds a senior is treated in the emergency room after having encountered this disaster. While every 19 minutes, one of these patients will die from the resulting trauma.
This epidemic is widespread and results in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually. This figure includes over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
The total financial burden on the senior American population due to resulting trauma is expected to reach $67.7 billion by 2020. (1.)
The National Council on Aging labels falls as the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.
According to the National Council on Aging, taking the right steps to both your overall health and home can make all the difference. Most of the time, falls don’t ‘just happen’ and can be prevented. (2.)
Falls can occur just about anywhere, but are most common in areas of the home where slippery surfaces are encountered. Your unassuming bathroom shower or tub could easily become your worst enemy in the event of a slip and fall accident.
How may I decrease my chances falling and increase my chances of remaining independent?
One of the most effective ways to preserve or improve balance is to stay active. Consult your doctor about exercises designed to improve stability and overall mobility.
The easiest and most effective way to prevent falls within your home can be remodeling areas where falls are most common; specifically, your bathroom.
You may not need to remodel your entire home while embarking on your anti-fall crusade. Tackle the one place where falls are most common, your bathtub or shower. Luckily, experts have teamed up with engineers to develop walk-in bathtubs that provide the utmost safety through low step entry gates, safety bars, ADA compliant seats, and non-skid floors.
The combination of a low-step ingress/egress, state of the art non-slip materials, and cutting edge safety features found in walk-in bathtub can make all the difference in avoiding falls and maintaining your health and independence.
Here’s a little secret though, walk-in bathtubs are also designed set the benchmark for luxury, relaxing comfort, and even hydrotherapy! Using water to alleviate pain has been a proven medical concept since the age of the ancient Egyptians. Aches and pains are eased away through the combination of heat, buoyancy, and massage. The hydrotherapy provided by walk-in bathtubs can even relieve pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.
Walk-in tubs can be configured with massaging jets, soothing bubbles, and even the option for deep soak capacity. The unique design is twice the depth of a traditional bathtub which allows a fully submerged soak not limited by the showerhead flow.