“What if all homes could be suitable for anyone, regardless of a person’s age or physical ability? What if a person who wants to live independently, regardless of his or her age or physical ability, could do just that?” – From AARP’s HomeFit Guide.
According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries in those 65 years and older. As a former Ombudsman, I visited with many older adults living in long term care who ended up there because they fell in their home. Concerned family members gathered and decided that their parent/grandparent/spouse could no longer live at home as it was ‘not safe’.
In this Assistive Technology (AT) for Aging post, I’m going to talk about 5 technologies that help to prevent falls.