Falls are a serious danger for many seniors. An accident can cause problems that range from bruises to broken bones and even traumatic brain injury or death. At one time, the biggest worry adult children had was that mom or dad might lose their footing and stub a toe.
Senior Fall Statistics
Statistics show that traumatic injury from falls can do much more damage, sometimes causing early onset dementia or stroke. A traumatic brain injury may be the primary reason you need to contact a home care provider.
Seniors over the age of 75 are often the highest at risk for a traumatic brain injury, most specifically if mom or dad are independently making every attempt to be self-sufficient. Home care agencies understand that your parents do not want to give up their lifestyle and they will try to do everything for themselves.
But one wrong step can cause them to feel off balance and possibly cause a fall. The incorrect action can take its toll as your loved one falls and life changes dramatically. Assisting Hands Home Care recommends taking the following steps to make sure your loved one avoids falling in the home:
- Add handrails and grab bars in stairs, bath and other areas
- Remove or tack down any loose rugs, mats or carpets
- Declutter walkways and high-travel areas of the house
- Add grip guards to slippery surfaces such as bathtubs, bathroom tile and kitchen floors
- Increase lighting in dark or unlit areas of the home
Our home care services also include fall prevention, a series of action a caregiver will take to the home to prevent common falls. This includes:
- Guiding the senior throughout the home
- Clearing away tripping hazards from walking areas
- Providing light housekeeping to maintain a clean and orderly home
- Delivering items to the senior as they are needed
Home Care Services to Prevent Falls
When a senior has a significant fall, rehabilitation does not simply focus on the area of the body that was injured. Therapy often can be very intense, and in-home caregivers often work to address issues of fatigue, sleeping problems, dizziness, and anxiety caused by injurious falls.