June is National Safety Month: Recognize the hazards
Injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44, and falls are the #1 cause of injury related death for those 65 and older. The good news? Everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries.
During National Safety Month, United Homecare Services is working with community members to help reduce the risk of injuries. This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like preventing poisonings, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls.
Poisonings: Nine out of 10 poisonings happen right at home. You can be poisoned by many things, like cleaning products or another person’s medicine.
Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating – distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 6 crashes where someone is injured involves distracted driving.
Slips, trips, and falls: More than 1 in 4 older adults fall each year. Many falls lead to broken bones or head injuries.
Evaluate your home, area by area, for hazards. Here are a few things to look for:
- Walkways are clear, steps are in good condition, and the area is well lit at night.
- Hallways are free of clutter, loose rugs are removed or secured, adequate lighting is in place.
- Living area is free of loose electrical cords, furniture is stable and there’s plenty of space to move around.
- Frequently used items in the kitchen are visible and easily reached.
- Bed is adequate height and easily accessible. Support for getting in and out of bed is available if needed.
- Bathrooms have sturdy grab bars in place near the toilet, tub and shower.
Thorough in-home safety assessments are available through your caregiving agency or home health provider. Consider scheduling a safety assessment this month. Everyone can do something to reduce his or her risk of injury.
To find out more about United Homecare’s commitment to excellence, please visit homecarepartner.org or call 503-433-8079.