Statistics indicate that someone over the age of 65 is brought to the emergency room every 11 seconds in the United States because of a fall related injury. Sometimes these are minor injuries, but often, they result in a life changing injury. Health issues can exacerbate falls, and things like osteoporosis or muscle atrophy can make a fall far more severe in an older person than they might be in someone a little bit younger.
Falls can be catastrophic, but they are almost always preventable. Taking steps to help protect your older loved ones before a fall ever occurs is the best way to make this happen. There are a lot of really easy things that you can do right now to help prevent this risk. Make sure that walkways are clear of tripping hazards, cords, and loose rugs. Install a couple handles in the bathroom to help make transitions out of the shower and the toilet a bit easier. And keep an eye on their physical condition so that you can be aware of any changes in their health that might contribute to a fall.
If a fall does happen, your loved one might need a little extra help like they never have before. You can take steps right now to make their lives easier. Ensuring that proper supervision is in place can also be helpful. If your mom or dad needs a life alert system in case they fall while no one’s around, this can often be set up easily.
Professional care might be needed to help a loved one get through their day a little more safely. That could be the result of a fall, or it could be for a variety of other reasons. Regardless, senior care may become necessary for someone if they are going to maintain a higher quality of life as they age.
Care can look different based on your loved one’s situations. Different people have different needs and the severity of those needs can vary, too. Finding the right type of care to meet the challenges of your unique situation might seem overwhelming, but it usually is possible to achieve.
We can help. Our free consultation service is designed to help you get pointed toward the ideal set of resources that will best meet the needs of your loved one–and your entire family, for that matter. There are a lot of different nuances to care, and customizing it to be more in line with what you need to get out of it is almost always the right way to proceed. It can even save you money by sparing your from paying for advanced care that might not be necessary.
Give us a call. Schedule an appointment today and one of our trained caregivers can help you to navigate this road. It can be a tough one, especially right after a catastrophic event like a fall has happened. But when you have the right team on your side, this difficult time can become a lot easier to manage. We’re here for you.