According to the NCOA (National Council on Aging), every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall. That is millions of seniors every year that suffer through serious falls. But they can be prevented to some extent. Identifying risk factors throughout an older individual’s life and staying informed about fall prevention is a great way to reduce a senior’s chance of falling.
A senior’s risk of falling stems from different instances. It may be linked to a physical condition, a mental condition, or the home environment. It all depends on an individual and their lifestyle. Some risk factors may be reflexes, hearing, or various medications. Your Visiting Angels Mid Maine aide will evaluate your loved one's living situation in order to find out what’s raising their risk of falling and in turn fall proof their house. If they do not change their lifestyle now, the fall may make that decision for them in the future. Your elder home care aide will explain how falls negatively impact a seniors life and explain how our home care services can change their life for the better.
The physical effects of falling range from minor aches and pains to a broken hip and a concussion. Many individuals who are hospitalized may have to go to a long-term recovery center for up to a year. Some of those seniors may never go home again. Falls can force a person to lose their independence forever and that fear can cause seniors to shun a normal life in their efforts of “staying safe.”
Fear is a powerful emotion and just that alone can cause a senior to step away from their normal life and slip away from those that they love the most. They may miss important family reunions, social gatherings, or just getting out of the house. The habitual nature of that fear can translate into periods of loneliness and sadness. This may transform into depression and anxiety as time goes by.
Falls continue to affect more and more seniors every year, which increases the importance of elder home care services and injury prevention. Visiting Angels Mid Maine is committed to educating older adults about fall and injury prevention, as well as our elder home care services so that they can stay in the know about falls and how they can alter a person’s lifestyle. Visiting Angels Mid Maine has compassionate caregivers that are focused on this matter and we know that it’s crucial to elevating a senior’s quality of life.
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