As America's retirement population continues its steady growth, so too does the number of deaths from elderly falls that occur each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to newly released data from the CDC, from 2007 to 2016, elderly fall deaths increased 30 percent. The report goes on to forecast that should such a trend continue, by 2030, seven fall deaths will occur every hour.
Not every elderly fall ultimately results in death, but one out of every five falls results in a serious injury, such as a broken bone or head injury.
Here are some other notable elderly fall statistics straight from the CDC:
- Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
- Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
- More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways.
Perhaps even worse than the injuries itself, many seniors report hiding the fact that they've fallen from their caregivers and physicians for fear of losing their independence. Of course, this is problematic for a number of reasons, chiefly in maintaining proper preventative care and wellness for seniors who conceal injuries or conditions.
While the raw numbers might seem scary, caregivers and seniors alike are not helpless in preventing falls. The CDC reports that one of the best ways to prevent a fall before it happens is to maintain open communication between seniors and caregivers. When a senior isn't feeling right, they need to report that to someone.
But these situations often escalate in the blink of an eye. Luckily, with SafeGuardian's line of CareCaller™ devices, seniors can instantly contact caregivers, friends, family, loved ones, and more at the press of a button, anywhere, anytime. And the moment they start to feel unwell, their caregivers will be the first to know about it.
Should a fall occur, the CareCaller's innovative fall detection technology will automatically call out to caregivers, without any action needed from the wearer.
With the CareCaller™, seniors can continue to live independently and know they're being protected wherever they go — even in the event of a fall.
For more information on SafeGuardian's innovative fall detection technology and how it can help your loved one, click here.