As we get older, our limbs become stiffer; much less nimble. It gets harder and harder to get along. Many other factors feed into this stiffness, too. Things like the weather, medications, too much or too little exercise, just to name a few.
So, how can a caregiver help to prevent a senior from falling, causing injuries that could take months to heal – if ever? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in people age 65 and older are due to falls. The most common injuries due to falls are to the head, shoulder, forearm fractures, spinal fractures, pelvic fractures and hip fractures – as we may all imagine.
According to the CDC, there is also a pattern to falls amongst the elderly population because they realize that if they get injured, they will most likely be hospitalized, increasing their dependency on others while minimalizing their independence and mobility. Elders may even end up in rehab or care facilities for extended periods of time or get relocated altogether – changing their life forever!
I would like to get into fall prevention over the next few days and focus on the hows, the whys and how to prevent both. If proper planning is adhered to, a fall can be minimalized. Since I believe that With Age Comes Respect, I believe that this is an important faction to cover for all seniors, not just those under my care.