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Minor Falls Can Prove Dangerous. Home Care Services Can Help!

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Home Care Services Johns Creek, GA

When an elderly person falls, it not only proves dangerous because of injuries sustained but taking a tumble can also be deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the number one cause of death in seniors 65 years and older. Home care services can be helpful for preventing falls.

The most common type of fall is a ground-level fall. This occurs when a person is standing right before they fall. While this may not seem like such a bad way to fall, studies have shown that elderly seniors increase their risk of death by three times after a ground-level fall.

Often a fall among the elderly population results in a broken hip or other bones. Even more serious is when a person sustains brain trauma. Trauma to the brain is responsible for almost half of the fatalities caused by a fall.

Other injuries and broken bones could also prove dangerous when surgical procedures are involved. Anesthesia and other complications from surgery can put a senior’s life at risk. Recovery from injuries could also be slow and have complications when other health conditions are present.

An in-home care provider can help prevent a fall by taking the following steps:

  • Create a fall-proof environment – There are several things that in-home health care services can do in the home to reduce the risk of an elderly senior falling. Keep the rooms clutter free. Remove throw rugs and anything that can pose as a tripping hazard. Install grab bars in the bathroom, stairways, and other areas where seniors need extra stability.
  • Exercise – Encouraging a senior to exercise daily will increase their coordination, strengthen their bones, and improve balance. This reduces the risk of falling.
  • Regular testing of the eyes and bones – Poor vision and osteoporosis can increase the risk of a senior falling.
  • Be aware of medication side effects – Some medications may cause dizziness increasing the risk for falling.
  • Adequate lighting – Ensure that there is enough lighting throughout the home, especially in the stairway and bathroom. Use night lights to help the senior find their way or acclimate themselves when it is dark.

Falls don’t have to be a part of growing older. Many times falls can be prevented and hiring home care services is a good way to help reduce the risk. Consider using products that will assist the elder who has less mobility and difficulty getting around. It is important to remember that even a minor fall can prove dangerous.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care in the home, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511