Day centre slips, trips and falls are unusual but there are occasions when they cannot be avoided. We are all aware accidents simply happen sometimes without anyone being at fault. This might particularly be true if someone is elderly and unsteady on their feet.
This also highlights the need to make sure the day centre is as safe as it can possibly be. All potential hazards that might cause an elderly person to slip, trip or fall should always be properly dealt with. For instance if anything is spilt on the floor it should be cleaned up as a matter of urgency. In situations where some aspect of the day centre is in potentially poor condition, there could be the opportunity for a fall to occur that results in an elderly person sustaining a nasty injury.
Why might day centre slips, trips and falls be particularly worrying?
When we age our bones and other elements of our body become more prone to injury. For example if we fall as a teenager we may simply get up and get on with our day. However, if we fall when we are in our seventies or eighties we might end up breaking a hip or some other bone in our body. If this were to happen it might result in an injury that takes some time to heal.
Injuries at this age can also sometimes be more serious to deal with mentally. An elderly person can lose confidence in their ability to get around, and this can be equally worrying.
Avoiding the potential for accidents to happen
This is why recognition should be given to the vast majority of day centres in the UK. They do an excellent job of making sure there is no danger of any accidents of this nature happening in any manner at all. The staff know how important it is to provide a safe venue and service, and they do everything they can to make sure this happens.
If something has gone wrong for you or for an elderly relative though, Accident Advice Helpline is always on hand to help. You can get in touch on 0800 689 0500 and find out more about making a no win, no fee* claim in situations where proof of negligence exists. Give us a call and speak to an advisor as soon as possible.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead