Home Care Talk: Senior Falls
When I talk with families about caring for the elderly and safety in the home, falls and fractures seem to always come up. Our senior clients tell us they are terrified they are going to fall and their children are equally worried as well. Proper fall prevention strategies should always be included in a home safety evaluation. For a complete home care checklist, please contact us.
The center for disease control states that "One out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year and among those age 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury death. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.
The good news is that most falls are preventable. This list, will get you on the right path to creating a safe and fall free home.
Keep the Floor Clear
If your home has area rugs, make sure they are firmly attached to the floor or have nonskid backing. Loose parts and irregularly shaped rugs should be tacked to the floor. Ideally, area rugs and throw should be removed when possible. Clear floors where you walk. Electrical cords and debris should not be lying on the floor in walking areas.
Care for your Body
Regular exercise can make you stronger and keeps your joints and tendons flexible. Osteoporosis is a big concern and studies show that light weight bearing exercises such as walking can slow bone loss. Regular exercise can also help to maintain muscle strength and increase oxygen flow throughout your body. See your doctor if you have dizzy spells.
Take good care of your feet. If your feet hurt or you have concerns about your nail care, see a podiatrist. If you need a referral to a foot doctor, call our office. We are here to help.
Review Your Medications
Medications and the interactions they have with your body can present complications resulting in falls. The more medicines you take, the more risk you have with having side effects. Consult your physician if you feel your medicines may be causing dizziness or falls.
If you are currently using a home care company and they have not done a complete home and safety assessment, they should. Regular monitoring and communication are key components to proper home care. One of the major benefits clients recieve at Seniors Home Care is regular nursing consultation. Seniors Home Care has four nurses who are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
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