Fall Prevention For Our Elderly
March 3, 2017 | By admin
According to the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control, the top leading deaths stemming from unintentional injury of seniors between 55 and 85+ years old are accidental falls. Accidental falls in seniors can result in injuries, some that can be fatal. Preventing accidental falls is top priority to keep our seniors safe and sound.
While most falls does not cause injury, one out of five seniors’ falls result in injury, and these injuries may make it difficult for them to get around and do daily activities on their own. An accidental fall can result in broken bones (for example: arms, wrist, leg, ankle), and a fracturing of the hips. Some falls can also cause injury to the head. Any injury to the head must be reported to the doctor to ensure there is no injury to the brain. Other falls can also trigger a fear of falling again for some seniors, even when they haven’t experienced a fall. The fear of falling can cause him or her to limit their daily activities. This can make them weaker by not staying active.
There are certain conditions that make a person a fall risk. Our caregivers at Thrive Home Care are trained to ensure that our senior clients are guided and monitored to prevent a fall and injury. They look for certain factors, most of which can be modified to prevent the risk of falling. Here are some examples:
- • Problems with vision.
- • Some prescribed medications and sedatives that can affect balance and stability; this also includes some over the counter medications.
- • Vitamin D deficiency.
- • Weakness in the lower body
- • Leg and foot pain, or footwear that does not fit properly.
- • Certain hazards in the home such as clutter and uneven walking surfaces.
Here are some ways that can help prevent an accidental fall:
#1 Keep all walkways inside and outside of the home free of clutter. Items like stacks of books and news paper, boxes, trinkets, small items and other clutter on the floor should always be cleared off the walkways. Give your hallways and outdoor walkways plenty of space so seniors can pass through with a cane, a walker, and even with a wheel chair.
#2 Ensure your bathrooms have anti-slip mats and handrails installed in the shower. The National Institute on Aging says that 80% of falls occur in the bathroom, mostly caused from slips. There isn’t a doubt how difficult it can be to get into the shower, especially for tubs. There are manufacturers that specifically make bath tubs that are accessible and safe for seniors.
#3 Having adequate lighting, especially at night time is important. Installing brighter lights in certain locations light a narrow hallway or stairs can help our elderly see the path. Also, installing night lights in the bedrooms and bathrooms can be very helpful guiding our elderly.
#4 Wearing proper footwear is important. Shoes give support and grip that can prevent accidental falls. If your elderly wishes to just wear socks in the home, an alternative option is wearing non-slip socks. Non-slip socks provide grip on the soles of their feet.
#5 Move slowly and encourage seniors to take their time. Take a pause after each change in movement. For example, taking a pause after getting up from a laying position and taking a pause after sitting up before standing up. Moving slowly also keeps seniors mindful and aware of each action or movement.
Caregivers are always there to assist our seniors and ensure their safety. They are trained to be vigilant of our client’s move and ready to help.
At Thrive Home Care, our Care Coordinators conduct a free home-safety evaluation to make sure all of our clients homes are up to spec with safety, especially in the bathrooms. To schedule your appointment, click here, or call 1(800) 410-8818 today.
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