The fastest growing segment of our population is the 70 and over age group and a growing percentage of people in this age range want to remain in the comfort and security of their own homes for as long as possible. One of the greatest obstacles to seniors being able to live independently is the prevalence of injuries incurred from falls in the home.
Helping seniors reduce their risk of falling is the single most important thing that can be done to increase independent living and, considering the much higher life expectancy for seniors living at home, perhaps the single most important thing that can be done for seniors' quality of life.
Consider the following startling statistics:
1. Falls are responsible for 40% of admissions to nursing homes.
2 .70% of accidental deaths in people over 75 years of age are caused by falls.