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Helpful Tips to Prevent Senior Falls

Caregiver Tips Medfield MA

Caregiver TipsFor those who have older parents, a primary concern is the possibility of a fall. Family caregivers and other elderly care providers must take steps to ensure that seniors remain sturdy and stable to minimize the chance of a fall, which can cause serious injury and could even be life-threatening.

Seniors and fall risks 

Seniors are also worried about falling and there is a good reason for this. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in three seniors will fall at least one time each year. In 2013 alone, these falls led to 2.5 million emergency room visits, as well as more than 700,000 hospitalizations. Even when falls do not cause a serious injury, it can be quite scary for the senior, as well as their family. Additionally, when a fall occurs, it is a definite red flag that future falls are imminent.

Check blood pressure while the senior sits and stands

If a senior has a blood pressure that will drop substantially when changing position, this is referred to as postural hypotension. This is extremely common in seniors, especially if the person takes medication to lower their blood pressure. When this blood pressure change occurs, it can cause light-headedness, which can also be a risk factor in falls.

Balance and gait evaluation

At the very minimum, seniors who have a high risk of falling need to be watched by their senior care provider when getting up and when walking to ensure accidents do not occur. If it seems to be “off” or the person appears to be unsteady, it is essential they go for an official balance and gait evaluation.

Assessment of home safety

There are a number of modifications that can be made to a senior’s home to ensure there are no trip and fall hazards. In many cases, it may be a good idea to bring in the services of a professional to properly make these modifications. Some things to look out for include rugs or cords that may be in the way, cluttered spaces and other items that may cause a senior to lose their balance and fall.

The fact is that there are some situations when a fall cannot be prevented. However, when the elderly care provider knows what to look for and what to do, they can help to minimize the risk of a fall.

For more information about how Care Resolutions can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 508-359-4675

Source

http://www.aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/articles/elderly-home-safety-checklist

http://www.healthinaging.org/resources/resource:medication

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Erica Tomasello

Erica Tomasello, has a background in Education and Clinical Psychology. She has worked with her mother for years, developing Care Resolutions into a premiere agency. Erica, and in turn, the agency's staff, continue to expand their knowledge with the ever growing development of understanding the aging process and geriatric disease. We are a member with Home Care Association of America and NFIB. We are also affiliated with NASW, National Association of Professional and Executive Women, Alzheimer's Partnership, Alzheimer's Association of Mass, MA Council for Home Care Aides.