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Why Are Falls So Dangerous for Older Adults?

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Why Are Falls So Dangerous for Older Adults?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the chances of your aging relative falling this year is one out of four. And, if they’ve fallen in the past, their chances of falling again are even greater.

Home Care Services Seal Beach CA - Why Are Falls So Dangerous for Older Adults?

Home Care Services Seal Beach CA – Why Are Falls So Dangerous for Older Adults?

What Can Happen in a Fall?

While some falls may not cause more than a bruise, about one in five results in a serious injury. Being injured can make everyday life more difficult for older adults or even result in long-term disability.

Some of the things that can happen when a senior falls are:

  • Falling can cause the older adult to break a bone, such as in their wrist, arm, leg, or hip. Around 300,000 seniors are hospitalized because of a broken hip each year, 95 percent of which are caused by falling.
  • Falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries. A head injury can be especially dangerous to seniors who are taking blood thinners or certain other kinds of medications.
  • Falling once causes a fear of falling in many older adults. This can cause them to become less active, which makes them weaker and even more likely to fall.

How to Prevent Falls

There are many things that can be done to reduce the risk of your older family member falling.

Some ways to prevent falls are:

  • Have a doctor evaluate the senior’s risk of falling and the things they can do to lessen the risk.
  • Reduce clutter in the home that could cause them to trip, such as stacks of old magazines or newspapers.
  • Secure or remove loose area rugs that could slip and cause a fall.
  • Add grab bars to the bathroom near the toilet and shower or bath.
  • Increase the lighting in the home so that the senior can see potential trip hazards more easily.
  • Help the older adult to remain physically active. Exercise keeps muscles strong and makes the body more flexible.
  • Have the older adult’s vision tested. Not being able to see well can cause them to trip over items and uneven surfaces. Also, if the senior wears bifocals, consider getting them some single vision glasses for seeing things far away that the senior can wear when they are doing outside activities. Bifocals can cause a fall because they make things seem closer or farther away than they actually are.

Home care services can also help with fall prevention. Home care services providers can be there to steady your aging relative when they stand up from a chair or when they are walking. Home care services providers can also help to keep the house clean so that there isn’t clutter for the senior to trip over. And, a home care services provider can help the senior to remain more physically active by engaging them in activities, like walking or gardening.

Sources:  https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/prevent-falls-and-fractures
https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Seal Beach CA, please contact the caring staff at 1Heart Care Services today.

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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