Head injuries, broken bones, bruises, and lacerations are all risks of falling. Each year, over 800,000 men and women end up hospitalized after a fall. Around 3 million seniors have to go to the emergency room after a fall.
Per CDC statistics, an elderly adult falls and suffers critical injuries every 20 minutes. While 25 percent of those 65 or older fall each year, not even half of those who fall tell their doctor. Do you know if your parent has fallen?
If the injuries are not visible, you may never know. The best way to keep your parents from falling is by taking preventative measures and knowing where falls are more likely to occur.
Most Falls Happen at Home
Around 75 percent of falls happen at home. The majority of those falls happen on the same level and during the afternoon. Outside the home, people are more likely to fall in a garden or on the home’s sidewalk. Falls on stairs are less common than a fall that involves tripping while walking inside or outside the home.
One of the best ways to keep your parent from falling is by making sure they keep their muscles and joints strong. Regular fitness routines help here. Make sure they’re getting a minimum of 30 minutes a day of moderate activity. Yoga, Tai Chi, and strength training are good options.
Look for some of the reasons people trip. If a piece of living room furniture is sticking out, your mom or dad is more likely to catch a toe or hit a shin bone and end up tripping and falling. If there are electrical cords laying out in an area where people walk, there’s a higher risk of getting tangled and tripping. Clutter on the floor is another factor.
Arrange Bone Density Screenings if Your Parents Haven’t Had One Done
If your mom and dad haven’t been assessed for bone density, make sure they are. Talk to their doctor about the test. If bones are showing signs of thinning, it’s best to seek treatment early. If osteoporosis is present, chances are higher that a bone will break during a fall.
After one fall, the odds are higher that a senior will fall again within the next year. Make sure your parent is supported at home. Home care aides can handle the driving while your parent heals following a fall. The caregiver can arrange follow-up care and bring your parent to and from those appointments.
Home care services help seniors stay independent. Call now to discuss other ways to keep your parent from falling.
When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider home care provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.