How to Take Care for the Elderly – Fall Prevention

Falling accidents are one of the easiest to prevent yet also one of the most common incidents of injury. While we teach our children early on to be aware of the dangers of falling and to recognize hazards, we will also need to assist our aged loved ones because they will be more susceptible from suffering from it. Knowing how to take care for the elderly by helping them avoid falls is an important component in senior care.

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It’s taken for granted that losing balance and getting generally weaker are only some of the effects of aging. The elder becomes more prone to slipping on floors or missing a step, resulting in devastating injury that could result in disability, even death. There have been a recorded 20,400 incidents of seniors falling in the country back in 2009, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A fall could cause fractures in the hip or pelvis, or even damage the spine or produce head concussions. Long term care may or may not be necessary for those who suffer from falling accidents depending on the gravity of the injury, but more often than not, there’s a mental trauma involved that would make them become more adverse towards it happening again. This could develop into staying away from moving outside or socializing with friends if unchecked.

To learn how to take care for the elderly and help prevent falling, you need to know the most common causes that lead to it. Usually, accidents happen when elders suddenly become dizzy and lose their footing. Having blurred vision could also lead to them missing their step at the right place. Aside from these, tripping on obstacles is also highly likely, especially in homes with a lot of clutter that clog hallways and rooms.

To this end, it’s highly advised that families with elders living at home secure their house by clearing up their passageways and removing objects that could cause tripping. Anything from toys, boxes, spills, bottles, etc. could be a potential fall hazard.

Next, modifying the home to be more elder-friendly can also reduce the chances of an accidental fall. Place support bars in the bathroom and bedroom so that the elder can have easy to reach supports they can grab. On stairs, improve the railing and steps by making it less slippery. On hallways, place hand rails so they can hold on to it while walking through.

Elders should also be encouraged to exercise and move more, instead of staying only in one place. Contrary to belief that this would make them more tired and worsen their conditions, it can actually keep them stronger by ensuring that their muscles are regularly used. Not moving about could also increase the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes.

Preventing a fall is not difficult at all, and with minimal assistance, your elder can be able to remain independent while keeping safe from injury. By discovering how to take care for the elderly properly, you can improve their senior life as well as minimize the assistance and care you provide for them.

Source: http://www.infolongtermcare.org/long-term-health-care-seniors/senior-health-care/prevent-falling/

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