How to Prevent One of the Most Catastrophic Events in the Life of a Senior
What You Can Do
Consider the following ways to reduce your risk of falling at home.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you have fallen in the last year and describe how you fell.
- Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about medications you take.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you feel weak in your legs or have other problems with your legs or feet.
- Tell your doctor if you are experiencing vision or hearing loss.
Why do we fall? One of the greatest fears among senior citizens is the fear of falling. This fear is not an irrational fear. Falling is a primary catalyst for hospital admission among seniors. Many of the seniors admitted to a hospital after a fall never go home. In fact, falls are responsible for over 40% of nursing home admissions. Even worse, 70% of accidental deaths in people over 75 years of age are caused by falls. Falling can be caused by many factors. Some are internal, such as slowed reflexes, balance disorders, low blood pressure, visual deficits, etc. External factors, such as poor lighting or the effects of medications, are other causes. Some of these reasons are not particular to seniors. In fact, younger people also fall, but the consequences of falling are much less severe for younger people.
What can you do? There is much that can be done to prevent debilitating falls. The first step is to make an honest assessment of the risk you have. The self-assessment is a great way to start. We can send you the self-assessment or we can bring it to you and provide a FREE Risk Assessment Interview. This interview is conducted in your home, with your family present. Included with the interview is a Home Safety Inspection. Based on the assessment we will recommend a course of action.
The facts about Falling:
- Falling is one of the greatest fears among seniors.
- One in three older adults living at home falls each year (this considers only those falls that result in reported medical care).
- Falling is a cause in 70% of accidental deaths among people 75 years of age and higher.
- Falling causes $70 billion in medical costs each year.
- The human costs are even greater, as individuals, caregivers and families are all impacted by a fall.
- Falling is a catalyst for 40% of all nursing home admissions.
- Fear of falling leads to lost confidence and increased inactivity.
Most falls could have been prevented.
Call us to perform:
A FREE Home Safety Inspection to assess overall safety as well as things such as lighting, flooring and furniture placement.
Love 2 Live Care is located in San Diego. Our team of experienced personal assistants want to exceed your expectations and give you or your loved one peace of mind with exceptional in home care services to meet your every need. Call us today 619.291.4663.