Fall Prevention: An Essential In-Home Care Service for Seniors in Rockford, IL and Surrounding Areas
With fall prevention and additional in-home care services for seniors in Rockford, Belvidere, Cherry Valley, Loves Park and nearby cities in Illinois, Visiting Angels helps keep elderly adults in Boone and Winnebago Counties safe
A serious fall can significantly change an elderly person’s quality of life. In addition to causing a physical injury, falls can impact a person emotionally and socially. The fear of falling can cause older adults to decline social invitations and miss important family functions—they might avoid leaving the house all together. This behavior can lead to feelings of anxiety, loneliness and social isolation.
By examining risk factors and addressing hazards in the home, some falls can be prevented. Although sometimes senior health issues and risky behavior play a role. At Visiting Angels Rockford, we can help your loved one avoid falling. Fall prevention is one of our many in-home care services for seniors.
- Every year, one in three older adults fall; one in five will sustain a serious injury such as a broken hip, fracture, concussion or other injury.
- Twenty percent of older adults die within a year of a fall.
- Those who fall once are more likely to fall again.
- Over 800,000 people are hospitalized due to falls each year.
- Recovery from injuries such as hip fractures can take up to a year in a long-term care facility; forty percent of those who fall are not able to go home again.
- Fifty-five percent of falls occur inside the home; twenty-three percent happen outside, but near the home.
Falls are caused by one or more risk factors—conditions or circumstances that increase a person’s chance of falling. Risk factors may be internal such as weakness, shuffling, loss of balance, reduced flexibility, poor eyesight, arthritis, multiple medications and dehydration.
Or, risk factors can be external, occurring in the home environment. For example, faulty surroundings such as clutter, uneven floor surfaces, poor lighting, wet floors or the lack of grab bars in the bathroom can become hazards. Identifying and addressing risk factors promptly can prevent many potential falls. Although, behaviors such as overuse of alcohol and standing on a chair to reach a high object can also contribute to the likelihood of falls; these risky behaviors can be addressed through education and providing in-home care for seniors to keep them safe.
How Fall Prevention from Visiting Angels Rockford Can Help
Visiting Angels Rockford can help; fall prevention is one of our professional in-home care services for seniors. With this professional program, we will come to your home and re-test you on your balance. We also provide interventions that can help you stay on your feet, such as monitoring your loved one after they take any needed medication or recommending home safety modifications like installing handrails or non-slip mats.
Elderly fall prevention continues to be a considerable challenge, especially for those who don't use a cane or walker. Our commitment to educating older adults and their families about fall prevention is essential to maintaining our clients’ high quality of life. We believe it’s one of our most crucial senior care services.
To learn more, call our Rockford, IL office at 815-977-3452. Our in-home care services for seniors include a free consultation with fall prevention assessment. Schedule yours today!
Serving Rockford, Winnebago, and Boone Counties
Visiting Angels ROCKFORD, IL3600 E. State St #303
Rockford, IL 61108