Slip and fall accidents are a common occurrence, especially among seniors. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of accidental death in people over the age of 65.
There are many reasons why falls happen more often as we age. As we get older, our bones get weaker and our muscles get less toned and elastic. We might also take medications that cause us to feel dizzy or sleepy, which can make it harder to stay balanced. And as our vision changes, it becomes more difficult to see obstacles in our path.
Most slips and falls occur in the home. However, they can also occur in public places, such as on sidewalks, in grocery stores, or at the workplace.
After someone has slipped and fallen, there are a few things that can be done to help manage the situation.
If they've been hurt, make sure they're not in any further danger and seek medical help if necessary. Once they are safe, the next step is to assess the injury. Not all injuries will require medical attention, but some might. If there is any bleeding, swelling, or other signs of injury such as broken bones or head injuries, seek medical attention immediately.
If you have an elderly loved one who has slipped, there are some remedies you can try to help them heal and prevent further falls.
First, slip-resistant socks can help make it easier for seniors to get around without the fear of falling. These socks have special grippers on the bottom that help to prevent slipping. There are many different brands and styles available, such as the Grippers socks we stock.
Second, placing non-slip mats in areas where your loved one is likely to slip, such as the bathroom or kitchen, can also help prevent falls. These mats create a more stable surface and can provide some extra cushioning in case of a fall. Keeping the floors clean and free of clutter: A cluttered floor is a slip and fall hazard. Be sure to sweep up any crumbs or debris that could cause someone to slip.
Wearing shoes with good traction. This will help to prevent slipping on smooth surfaces. Avoid wearing slippery shoes, such as high heels or flip flops. Check out our range of supportive footwear for men, women or kids.
Lastly, regular exercise can help improve balance and coordination, which can reduce the risk of falling. Try to find an activity that your loved one enjoys and start working on it together.
It is important to take care of yourself after helping someone who has slipped and fallen. Make sure to take breaks and get plenty of rest before helping them with rehab exercises. You might also want to consider seeking counseling if you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed by the situation.
Overall, it is important to take slip and fall accidents seriously. While some injuries may not be serious, others can be life-threatening. If you suspect any injury from a fall, seek medical attention immediately. Once the immediate danger has passed, take steps to prevent further injury with our helpful products and suggestions. With a little bit of planning and preparation, slip and fall accidents can be managed effectively.
These shoes are handy to help you manage slips and fall accidents.
Women’s Supportive Shoe Range includes;
Homyped® Pascal Shoe (Everyday use, orthotic friendly)
Grosby Lilian Slipper (Slippers)
Men’s Supportive Shoe Range includes;
Hush Puppies Bloke Shoe (Everyday use)
Grosby Men’s Thurston Slipper (Slippers)
Kids Supportive Shoe Range includes;
Clarks Archer School Shoe (Runners, school shoes)
Clarks Advance School Sports Shoe (Sports shoes)