Helping Seniors With Fall Prevention
There are many things you and your family can do to reduce fall risks and prevent falls. Sometimes, however, help from professional caregivers can further reduce fall risks and improve safe, independent living at home.
Interim HealthCare's 40 years of experience in looking at many different situations and developing recommendations to enhance living safely and independently at home starts with the In-Home Assessment. This is a comprehensive review of the clients’ diseases and conditions, medications, ability to handle essential activities such as moving around, transportation, meal preparation, bathing and grooming. We also assess the clients’ mental well-being and nutritional status. Finally, we provide a written report and, most importantly, recommendations for reducing the risk of falls and promoting safety and independence at home.
Different people have different needs. And, there are often times when a person's needs change. In most instances, we have the ability to provide a comprehensive range of services either through our own offices or with local partnerships. This makes it easier for the client and provides a continuity of assistance and care.
Sometimes it's just a little bit of help with the activities of everyday life. Interim brings you or a loved one a menu of helpful solutions to the little challenges that jeopardize safety and independence. Professional caregivers help with things such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, companionship, shopping, bathing and grooming and other important services. Helping with getting around or bathing, for example, can avoid high fall risk situations.
Sometimes fall risks come from situations that require skilled nursing or therapy services. For example, physical strength, balance and walking problems can be addressed with physical therapy at home. Nurses might help with medication management. The physician might order skilled nursing services when there has been a change in a medical condition or medications. A nurse might be needed to teach self-management skills. Many of these services may be paid for by insurance plans or Medicare.
Hip fractures can be seriously debilitating. However, a recent study suggests that damaged confidence – not just physical injury – can sometimes be partly responsible for a reduction in mobility.
Although anyone can fall, as a perons ages, falls become more common and more serious. The good news is that older adults do not need to let the fear of falling rule their lives. With some medical management, physical activity, and common sense seniors can help avoid falls and stay independent longer.
Each year, thousands of older Americans fall at home. Many of them are seriously injured and some are disabled. Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but many times, easy to fix.
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Some medicines can actually increase your risk for falling. The reason is that many of them have side effects such as drowsiness, fainting, or extreme weakness.
Falls threaten the health, well-being and independence of older people. Here are some tips to share with elderly family or friends regarding how to reduce the risk of falling.
Although anyone can fall, as a person ages falls become more common and more serious. The good news is that older adults do not need to let the fear of falling rule their lives.
If someone you care about is 65 years old or older, remind him or her that their doctor should consider their risk for falls at least once each year. But they should not wait until the doctor asks them about their fall risk.
After an older adult falls, panic is often the first reaction. However, it's important for the family member or caregiver to remain calm. How a person reacts after someone falls can cause more injuries than the fall itself.