Caregiver Tips Medfield MA
For 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