Why Fall Prevention Is So Important For The Elderly
A fall can be a life-changing event that strips seniors from their freedom of mobility and independence.
Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma.
Even "minor" falls can trigger a fear of falling in older people, leading them to limit their activity, lose their strength and confidence.
Did You Know...
70% of accidental deaths in people over the age of 65 result from falls.
$79 billion dollars is spent on medical costs each year on accidents attributed to falls.
40% of all nursing home admissions are attributable to repeated falls at home.
1 out of every 3 seniors who live independently at home will seek serious medical care for a major fall each year.
More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling.
25% of seniors who suffer a hip fracture die within one year.
If you are over 75 years old, the likelihood of falling is even greater.
Survivors of falls may experience debilitating fractures of the hip, wrists, or spine.
Falling, or the fear of falling, often leads to loss of confidence, imposed isolation, and immobility.
There is a pattern to falls among the elderly;
First comes the fear of falling, then the injury, followed by hospitalization, decreased independence/mobility and often, relocation to a nursing or residential institution.
Often than not, seniors having to relocate or be taken away from their home due to the inability of having proper care at home leads to depression, lower quality of life, and lowered life expectancy.
It is important to communicate with your senior loved ones about preventing falls at home.
Fortunately, many falls can be prevented with proper care, healthy lifestyle choices and safety modifications in home.
Take a look at our guide on how to properly lift senior loved ones for some tips on how to manage fall prevention.
Having a professional caregiver in home along with safety alternatives like a shower chair, grab bars, and a walker can have a significant improvement and life expectancy for seniors who are at risk of falling.
The first step is to speak up and be informed on you can help.
With the proper resources and care, there can be a positive outlook on aging.
Call our office and speak with our care consultants today to lean the benefits of having a caregiver care for your senior loved one.
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