Although many people know that older adults are at a significant risk of injuring themselves in a fall, SeniorJoural.com reports that many caregivers may not pay attention to the location of the fall.
According to the news source, a new study revealed that the differences between indoor and outdoor falls should be considered, as there are different steps to take when taking measures to prevent accidents.
"Indoor and outdoor falls are both important," Marian T.
Hannan, a senior scientist at the Institute for Aging Research, told the news provider. "But people at high risk for indoor falls are different in many ways from those at high risk of outdoor falls."
The results of the study, which were published in Journal of American Geriatrics Society, indicate that those who fell indoors were generally inactive, disabled or in poor health. Conversely, those who fell outside lead a more active lifestyle and had better-than-average health. The authors say that since nearly half of falls occur outdoors, falling is not an indicator of one's health.
The National Institute of Health reports that there are several steps one can take around the home to make it safer. Improving lighting, installing hand rails and making items easier to reach can all reduce the chance of falling.