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Common Types of Senior Falls and Prevention

Younger adults may recover easily from injuries due to minor accidents such as a bump or a scratch. But for seniors, injuries they incur from these accidents can take longer to heal or even leave them permanently disabled.

Elderly female on the floor with caneThe body inevitably degenerates when it ages and the body’s degeneration can speed up due to lack of exercise, poor nutrition, and poor health. The risk of being incapacitated by bodily injury as a result of a mishap increases for seniors, more so if they get injured from falls.

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3 million older people get emergency treatment for fall injuries each year. And senior fall-related injuries usually happen at home.

Below are some of the types of falls that can incapacitate a senior at home:

• Slipping, tripping, or stumbling
• Hitting an object like a chair or stair

The good news is that falls of any type can be prevented in the first place. A general assessment of the senior’s residence and his/her state of health followed by implementation of possible remedies or corrections would greatly help fall-prevention.

With regards to home safety, the following tips below can help make your senior’s home fall-proof:

Senior's home with handrails on both sides of the stairway

Stairs with railings on both sides

• Make sure that railings are installed on both sides of the stairs
• Grab bars should be present both outside and inside the tub or shower next to the toilet
• Make sure that the residence has enough light by installing brighter light bulbs
• Put away things that can cause him/her to trip or fall

In terms of health, you would never know if your senior possibly may have vision problems, lower body weakness, walking difficulties, and balance, etc. which is why your senior’s condition should also be checked and corrected if possible by a healthcare professional to lessen their chances of falling and injuring themselves due to any impairment they may have.

You can also hire a caregiver for your senior to help them avoid any fall-related injuries. A reputable home care company will provide trained caregivers who will help continuously monitor your senior’s condition and make sure that they are always safe.

 

Sources: cdc.gov, healthinaging.org, sciencedaily.com, sciencefocus.com, medlineplus.gov, merckmanuals.com, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

 

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Belina C. Nernberg
Belina C. Nernberg
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of 1Heart Caregiver Services. Recently offering 1Heart franchise business opportunities to the public, Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its goal of making a positive difference in the homecare industry. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 25 years, with 15 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. She has been the recipient of several awards given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts, and entertainment. She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles, and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.

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