Fall Prevention: Key to Keeping Older Adults Healthy
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related morbidity and mortality among older adults in the U.S. More than a quarter of adults over age 65 falls each year, and fall risk and the risk of serious injury increase with age. Falling once doubles the chances of falling again.
The cost of falls to the health care system is significant. The estimated medical cost attributable to fatal and nonfatal falls is approximately $50 billion a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Falls threaten not only older adults’ health but also their independence. More than 40 percent of those hospitalized from hip fractures cannot live independently and are unable to return home. Fear of falling, too, can cause older adults to limit their activities, which contributes to further physical decline, depression, isolation, and loneliness.
There are numerous causes of falls, including certain health conditions, such as anemia and dehydration, medication side effects, impaired vision, decline in physical fitness, and environmental hazards. But, the good news is that many falls can be prevented.
Having a personal caregiver trained in care for older adults and in fall prevention helps older adults maintain their independence, safely live in their own homes, and reduce their risk of potentially deadly accidents.
Home Care Book’s professional and compassionate personal caregivers are trained in fall prevention and how to safely transfer patients. They also identify and modify potential environmental hazards, including area rugs and uneven steps, that can contribute to falls. They also provide supervision and assistance with activities around the home to help older adults maintain their mobility safely and avoid falls. Supporting bathing, dressing, and toileting activities also reduces fall risk as does providing support and assistance with light exercise.
Our dedicated caregivers understand how serious falls are and the threat they pose to older adults. Our work is guided by a commitment to reducing that risk so older adults can maintain their health and independence.
To see how we can help, get started on a free home care quote or call us at (214) 377-0711 today.