Barrie Security Systems

Senior Fall Information

Senior Fall Information

For seniors, falls in and around the home have serious consequences. Did you realize that…

  • Falls are one of the most serious health risks among seniors over the age of 65, affecting more people than stroke and heart attacks combined.
  • Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury in those people 65 and over.
  • 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls. 40% of those hospitalized for hip fracture do not return to independent living and 20% will die within a year.
  • More than half (55%) of all falls by seniors take place in the home. An additional 23% occur outside but near the house. D-tek-TION can intervene in close to 80% of all falls.
  • Most falls go unreported, but it is expected that 35-40% of people over the age of 65% fall each year.
  • Those who fall are 2-3 times more likely to fall again.
  • Many chronic medical conditions place millions more seniors at risk. Cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, diminished hearing and eyesight, and Parkinsons all leave seniors vulnerable to helplessness at home.
  • Most falls in the home occur in bathrooms, bedrooms and on stairs.

There is some positive news… Some falls are preventable. Falls caused by environmental factors (like fall hazards in the home) and from side-affects of medication can be foreseen and avoided.

  • Preventing falls and the resulting injuries can promote independence, by reducing or delaying the need to move out of the home.
  • Getting help quickly after a fall reduces risk of hospitalization by 26% and death by over 80%

We recommend that you consider an investment in your own Personal Emergency Response System.