At Home Senior Care Reduces The Risk Of Falls In San Diego, CA
Find out how Comfort Keepers helps to reduce the risk of falls with at home senior care in San Diego, CA
Falls are common among seniors, but they should not be considered a normal part of aging. Part of the reason seniors are at a greater risk of falling than younger individuals is that they are often linked with illness and diseases common with the elderly, such as osteoporosis, frailty, strokes, Parkinson's disease, arthritis, etc. Seniors also take many medications which may cause dizziness or other impairments, have increased instances of dementia, and suffer greater degrees of vision and hearing loss. For many seniors, the fear of falling compounded with these other elements makes life challenging at best with far too many losing out on the enjoyment of their elder years entirely.
Thankfully, falls can be limited, the fear of falling can be moderated, and Comfort Keepers at home senior care can help with fall risk reduction. Since 50-70 percent of elder falls occur in the home, addressing fall risks in a senior's residence can significantly reduce the risk of falls altogether. This process starts with an in-home fall-risk analysis.
A fall-risk analysis identifies potential safety hazards in a senior's home. By simply fixing these potential hazards and/or adding a few safety devices safety can be dramatically increased. Common fall risks include cluttered walkways, loose rugs, cords or cables in the walkway, walkways that are too narrow to be used with assistive devices such as a cane or walker, and uneven transitions in flooring. In addition to addressing these common risks, seniors can add motion sensors to lights to turn them on and off without stretching, add grab bars near the tub and toilet, and ensuring railings are secure.
Weak muscles are a leading cause of senior falls. Comfort Keepers at home senior care can help your loved one exercise, perform therapy routines, and make sure they have the healthy and nutritious food they need to stay strong. Caregivers can also help with a hydration program to ensure seniors do no dehydrate, which not only weakens muscles but can lead to faintness or dizziness.
Seniors who have an increased risk of falling should consider Comfort Keepers technology-based solutions as well. For example, a simple bracelet or necklace with a one-push button can alert service agents, provide GPS coordinates, and get first-responders on the way within moments. Since agents have a senior's medical history and information, precious time can be saved by preparing first-responders while they are en-route.
For more information about fall risk reduction or the many ways Comfort Keepers in-home supports and services can maximize your senior loved one's independence, freedom, and quality of life, contact an at home senior care coordinator today.