The American Journal of Surgery released a new report on the risk of falls among the elderly. The good news is that outcomes are better. That doesn’t mean that the risk of falling has decreased.
In the study of hospital admissions following a fall, the number of senior citizens age 90 and up have doubled in the past two decades. Hospital stays following a fall did decrease overall, however. There’s a belief that this could indicate care after a fall is improving.
Things You Can Do to Prevent a Fall.
Several measures can help lessen the risk of a fall. First, make sure your parent’s bed has a safety rail. It can keep them from accidentally falling out of bed while they sleep. It also serves as a supportive device they can hold while they sit and stand up after sleeping.
Second, install grab bars near the toilet and outside of the bathtub or shower. Another grab bar must be installed inside the shower/tub. If the bathroom is particularly long and narrow, a grab bar against a wall leading to the door is also advised.
Third, check the carpeting for loose areas or seams that have come apart. Your parent could trip on these areas. You should also look at throw rugs and make sure they are not slipping on wood or tile flooring. If they are, they need anti-slip backing or to be removed for safety.
Fourth, inspect rails on stairs both inside and outside the home. Check that the rails on stairs to a lower level are secure. Make sure outside stairs have rails and that they’re not splintering or loose.
Fifth, keep a pair of slippers with traction near your mom or dad’s bedside. Slipper socks also work. As your parent gets up and leaves his or her bedroom, added traction can help with safety.
Bring in Help to Lower the Risk of Falling.
Seniors who have fallen have a higher risk of falling again. Keep your parent safe by hiring professional caregivers. Caregivers can supervise your mom or dad getting in and out of the shower or out of bed. They’re available at times when prescription medications may cause dizziness.
They can also be there for support when getting off a chair or sofa or going up and down stairs. Caregivers make sure your parent eats and drinks. This prevents dizziness caused by low blood sugar levels or dehydration. Call us today to discuss other fall prevention measures.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from caregiver services in Danville, CA, contact the caregivers at A Better Living Home Care Agency. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care. Call 925-566-2366 for more information.