According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25 percent of people aged 65 and older fall every year. One out of every five of those falls results in a terrible injury, such as a broken bone or head injury. There are 800,000 hospital visits every year because of falls, the majority of them for hip fractures or head injuries. While all older adults are at a greater risk for falls simply because of age, some seniors have additional risk factors, such as muscle weakness or balance problems. If you are concerned about your aging relative falling, elder care can help them to stay safer and prevent a fall. Below are some of the ways they can do that.
One of the things that experts recommend for preventing a fall in the home is to make certain there is adequate lighting. You may wish to install additional light fixtures in the home or change to bulbs with higher wattage. However, all of those changes won’t be helpful when lightbulbs blow out and the older adult cannot change them. In fact, the act of changing a lightbulb could lead to a fall if the senior has to climb on a stepladder or chair to do it.
An elder care provider can change lightbulbs when they blow out, keeping the house well-lit and eliminating the older adult’s need to try to change the bulb themselves.
Staying Physically Active
Being physically active helps to keep muscles strong and improves balance. The Mayo Clinic recommends that seniors engage in gentle exercises that are easy on joints, but still help with muscle strength and balance. Some examples are water aerobics, walking, or tai chi.
An elder care provider can help your aging relative to be more active by taking walks with them or monitoring them while they exercise at home to ensure they feel safer.
Removing Clutter from the Home
When the home is cluttered, it can cause the older adult to fall because of tripping. Piles of old magazines or newspapers can spill over into the walkway. Shoes left where they are kicked off might lead to a fall. Even furniture that juts out into the walkway could lead to a fall if the senior bumps into them.
Elder care providers can help to remove clutter from the home by picking up items left lying around. They can place old magazines and newspapers in the recycling bin, put away items, and make certain there is nothing lying in hallways or on the stairs.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.