By: Integrity Home Care + Hospice
Are slips and falls really that dangerous?
If you’re a child of the ’80s or earlier, chances are you’ve seen the famous “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercial. Throughout the years, its content has been parodied countless times. But in reality, it depicts a real and dangerous threat to our senior community. According to the NCOA, among all other types of fatal injury to older adults, falls cause the most deaths and the most nonfatal injury-related hospital admissions. In fact, every 19 minutes an older adult will die from a fall-related injury!
In-home care services from Integrity Home Care can help prevent these types of serious falls by providing any needed support and guidance to a loved one who may be facing mobility difficulties due to age, medications, poor eyesight, etc. Routine tasks like carrying a laundry basket full of clothing, straining to reach an object in a tall cupboard, or even standing up too quickly can all lead to a dangerous fall situation if there are issues present that affect balance and muscle coordination. Caregivers at Integrity receive special training in this area, making sure that they are skilled and knowledgeable in fall prevention and are able to recognize fall hazards before they happen.
If you do not currently have in-home care services to help, here is a great guide from Integrity to follow to ensure that your home is as ‘fall-safe’ as possible.
While preparing your home is one way to prevent slips and falls, making sure your body is in optimal condition is another. Something as simple as adopting a light stretching routine can increase your flexibility and muscle strength, which in turn will improve balance and stability needed to help prevent falls. Maintaining regular physical activity is also important in fall prevention but may not always be the easiest for older adults who live alone.
In-home care services from Integrity are also a great way to provide this companionship care to those who need a little extra help staying active—especially if your loved one has experienced even a slight slip or fall that did not cause injury. These types of ‘close-calls’ can cause older adults to become fearful of physical activity, which may eventually lead to anxiety and depression due to inactivity and fear.
Keeping your older adult loved ones safe can seem daunting at times—especially when so many hazards can present themselves before they even leave the protection of their house. In-home Care services can be a fantastic solution for families with older adults who still crave their independence and would like to remain in their own home for as long as possible. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation, or just to talk through what options may be best for your family’s specific situation—we can’t wait to hear from you.