Injuries resulting from falls are a major health problem for the elderly. Falls in older people are caused by various factors: dizziness, balance problems, medication, muscle and skeletal conditions, confusion, neurological problems, visual impairments etc. When older people fall, they break bones more often because their bone structure is weaker.
In a carpeted house there is hardly any chance of slipping and the consequences of a fall are often less serious.
Due to the rising number of elderly people in society, the number of hip fractures around the world will increase from an estimated 1.7 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2050