Home hazards are frequently a cause of accidents: loose stair carpets and rugs, poorly fitting footwear, slippers that no longer have sufficient grip or slip on a wet floor. Failing eye sight has elders struggling to see in low light, perhaps failing to see the top step of a flight of stairs or tripping over things that have been placed in dangerous positions. Medications can make people disoriented, a sudden bout of dizziness can cause them to wobble or possibly collapse.
Falls, slips and stumbling over household furniture are major causes of people (generally older people) needing to be given first aid, visited by a medical professional or admitted to hospital for emergency treatment. Older and middle-aged people frequently break or fracture their hips because of these types ofaccidents and need to be given first aid quickly after the accident. That’s why it’s important for you to know what to do, as soon after an accident as is possible.