Major Slip and Fall Risks for the Elderly

An article in Michigan Health claims that the risk of falling has increased among older adults. Looking at data from a University of Michigan poll, the increase can be traced back to the isolation and reduced activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, as seniors become more active and engaged, the fall risk continues to rise.

The greatest fall risks include:

  • Mats and throw rugs, even those with sticky backings, as they can rub off over time
  • Water on indoor hard surfaces and icy steps or walkways outside
  • Poorly lit hallways, stairways, walkways and driveways
  • Closets with high shelves
  • Railings along stairs or porch steps that are wobbly
  • Clutter, such as low tables, decorations or items left on stairs or floors
  • Shoes without tread or that have slippery bottoms
  • Pets (and their food/water bowls, beds and litter boxes)

Both private and commercial property owners are required to exercise reasonable care in maintaining their property to keep visitors safe. If you were hurt in a slip and fall or trip and fall and believe an owner’s lack of care contributed to the accident, please reach out to us. We can set a convenient time to discuss the details and determine whether we can help.