Falls are a serious problem among people aged 65 and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of older adults fall every year. When an older adult falls once, their risk of falling again increases. Falling can cause broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and can even lead to death. Because of the seriousness of falls, it is important for family caregivers to do everything they can to prevent their older family members from falling. One way to reduce the risk of falls is by hiring senior care to spend time with the older adult in their home. Senior care can help to prevent falls in many ways. Here are 5 of them.
#1: Clean Up Clutter
It’s not uncommon for older adults to collect items or to let stacks of old magazines or newspapers pile up. Unfortunately, the clutter created by those items can cause a fall. Sometimes stacks of papers tip and spill into walkways. Furniture can also stick out making it easy to bump into them or trip over the leg of the furniture. A senior care provider can help clean up clutter around the house and make certain all walkways are clear of tripping hazards.
#2: Assist with Standing
Getting up from chairs or sitting down in them can cause falls because of pain or balance problems. A senior care provider can support your aging relative while they get up or sit down. This can be especially important for older adults who experience low blood pressure upon standing. Low blood pressure can cause dizziness or even fainting.
#3: Change Lightbulbs
If your aging relative has vision problems, keeping the house well lit can prevent falls. Poor lighting can lead to tripping over things the senior cannot see. However, when light bulbs blow out, it may be hard for an older adult to change them. Climbing on a chair or stepladder to reach the fixture can be risky. A senior care provider can change lightbulbs to keep the house brightly lit.
#4: Escort the Senior
Older adults with balance problems can benefit from having a senior care provider walk with them. Senior care providers can offer their arm for the person to lean on while they walk. Having someone to walk with them can make them feel more secure and may increase the amount of physical activity they get.
#5: Reaching Items on Top Shelves
Reaching for items that are high up or bending to pick items off the floor can both result in an older adult becoming unbalanced and falling. Senior care providers can reach for items your aging relative needs. They can also assist with rearranging cabinets and closets to put the most used items in easy to reach places.
If you are considering senior care in Centerville, VA, for an elderly loved one, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers Home Care in Leesburg. (703) 297-4642.