Falls are one of the most common concerns that people have for their loved ones who are choosing to age in place at home. While elder home care has many benefits for the elderly and can help reduce the risks significantly, the potential for falls is a dangerous reality and the consequences of a fall can be devastating. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in those who are 65 and older. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure your loved ones are safe while aging in place.
Care.com recently published a list of twelve tips to help prevent senior falls. One of the biggest things you can do to ensure your loved one’s safety is to encourage openness and confidence. Elderly are often afraid to voice their concerns because of fear of judgement or reprisal. Alice Bell, a physical therapist specializing in Geriatrics and an American Physical Therapist Association spokesperson, says that “Older adults need to know that if they fall — or even if they’re afraid of falling — they need to ask for help before the situation becomes a crisis.” Provide the help they need by going over these twelve steps towards fall prevention with your loved ones in elder home care.
About the Author: Pam Reynolds, CMC is the President and co-owner of Allegiance Aging Care Services. Pam has spent almost fifteen years working in senior care including long term care facilities and home health care. Her higher education is in Social Work, and she has been credentialed as both a certified Geriatric Care Manager and Licensed Assisted Living Administrator. Read more about Pam and her team of Aging Care Professionals here.