This year one in three seniors over the age of 65 will have a fall. More than two million will visit the emergency room after falling, and the possibility of a broken hip or a traumatic brain injury is very real. For those with elderly loved ones, it’s a pretty frightening picture, but the good news is that the frequency of slip and fall accidents can easily be reduced. The first line of defense? An attentive in-home caregiver.
Seniors and others suffer falls for a variety of reasons. Your loved one’s in-home caregiver will be on the lookout for common causes of slip-and-fall accidents like cluttered walkways and staircases, throw rugs, and missing hand rails in bathrooms. They can offer advice about proper storage of commonly used items so your family member never has to use a ladder or step-stool to reach a high cupboard. A professional geriatric care manager, working with an in-home caregiver, can also monitor prescriptions that might cause dizziness or drowsiness, which can make your relative more prone to a fall. Finally, an in-home caregiver is able to ovserve day-to-day changes in your loved one’s balance and eyesight and other changes in condition, ensuring quick medical intervention should a serious concern arise.
By working with an in-home caregiver to carefully watch over your family member’s health and surroundings, you can reduce the risk of a dangerous fall, and help your loved one enjoy a good quality of life for many years to come.