Minimize the Risk of Head Injury Around the House
Even a slight bump to the head can cause a concussion or more serious traumatic brain injury (TBI). Though motor vehicle accidents are often thought to be the primary cause of head trauma, more people suffer TBIs in falls than in any other type of mishap, with a significant percentage of those injuries sustained at home. Here, we look at the leading causes of head injury in the home. Simply by being aware of the risks, you may be able to take steps to avoid serious injury.
Falls in the Home
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of all TBIs are the result of falls. More than half of all children (55%) who suffer a TBI were hurt in a fall. Even more telling, about four of every five adults over the age of 65 who suffer a TBI did so in a fall.
Common culprits include bathtubs, slippery bathroom or kitchen floors, steps or stairs, and ladders or step stools. In older adults, many falls occur when getting out of bed. Nonslip mats and grab bars can minimize the risk in the bath or kitchen. Install handrails along all stairs, and always have a spotter when you climb a ladder. When getting out of bed, sit on the edge for a minute, so the blood doesn’t rush to your head and cause vertigo.
Our homes are filled with things that can easily trip us up—electrical wires, toys, phone cords, pet food bowls, and other objects. The fewer things you have on the floor, the less risk that you’ll slip and fall.
Don’t overload cupboards, storage closets, bookshelves, or pantries, especially above your head.
It’s a fairly common occurrence that, as you age, you need more light to see clearly. Make certain all your lights are working and that you are using the brightest bulbs the fixture will allow.
Contact Us to Set Up an Appointment
At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer a concussion or other type of TBI. Call us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas, and San Antonio.