ARE you thinking about switching from independent living and moving into a retirement home?
Then we have some potentially life-saving information for you!
According to the Australian Institute of Health Welfare (AIHW), over 60 per cent of people aged 65 and over were hospitalised after falling in their own house.
That's right - potentially the biggest threat to your health could be your own home!
Nearly 53,000 independent-living seniors were taken to hospital following falls in their house in 2013-14 according to the AIHW.
Compare that to just 21,600 in aged care facilities and you can see why so many older Australians are making the switch.
However, government initiatives are making it financially sensible to stay at home and there are fears the number of falls and costly trips to the hospital will only increase.
But there are ways to lessen the risk of a dangerous accident in your house:
- Improve lighting
- Install handrails
- Place non-slip mats in hazardous areas
- Keep your house clear of clutter
And essentially, keep your emergency contact details stored in your phone in case of an accident.