To help prevent falls for the elderly, all of the resources available should be used, including technology and caregiver expertise.
The likelihood of falling increases with age. The physical changes brought about by age typically contributes to the increase of fall risks. Falling is one of the leading causes of accidental injuries, which may further lead to unintentional hospitalization in the elderly.
According to the studies conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Every 11 seconds, a senior is getting treatment in the emergency room due to an injury for a fall.
- Every 19 minutes, a senior individual dies from a fall.
- Every year, 2.8 million injuries caused by falls are treated in emergency departments. These include over 800,000 hospitalizations and over 27,000 senior deaths.
- As the population ages, the financial toll for senior falls may also increase, reaching $67.7 billion by 2020.
With these facts established, fall prevention should definitely be a focus in home care. Identifying the causes of falls among the elderly can help in determining the precautionary measures to take to minimize the likelihood of falls. Some of the common causes are:
- Physical changes, including loss of hearing, poor vision, muscle weakness, and slow reflexes
- Conditions that affect a person’s balance, including heart disease, diabetes or any problems with the blood vessels, nerves, feet or thyroid
- Environmental factors, such as poorly lit areas, stairs, recently polished or wet floors
Family members like you can help lessen the chances of falling in your senior loved ones. You can make use of the following tips:
- The home should be well-lit. This can help senior loved ones with poor eyesight see better and not trip while walking.
- Pathways should always be cleared from clutter and electrical cords.
- Always have the doctor check your loved ones’ eye conditions.
- Encourage your senior loved ones to inform the doctor about medications that are making them dizzy or situations where they feel weak or unsteady.
It is also crucial to educate senior loved ones and other family members on what they should do when the former suffers from falls.
Nowadays, the advancement in technology has contributed a lot to promoting fall prevention in the elderly. As fall prevention experts, Sage Home Care introduces our Smart Aide Fall Prevention System. Our clients within the NY and CT areas can take advantage of such system at no cost when they receive 12-Hour, 24-Hour or Live-In Care.
Smart Aide enables you to check on your loved ones in different locations of the house from one central location. The central monitor will be set up in the central location and can be pre-programmed or re-programmed according to your loved ones’ situation. The system offers the following features:
- Wireless mechanism. All components are connected wirelessly. Wireless range reaches up to 300 feet.
- Digital display which alerts the one monitoring the system as to where in the house the alert was triggered or which loved one may be needing assistance
- Audible and visual alerts
- Anti-Wandering features, such as cordless floor mats and wireless window/door exit alarms
- Wireless bed and chair weight sensing exit monitors
- Motion sensors
- Nurse call button
- Pager for the caregiver
Along with our Smart Aide Fall Prevention System, our caregivers will help lessen the chances of falls in your senior loved ones within their own homes. We will also provide the personalized home care services they need for a better quality of life.
Contact Sage Home Care today at 845-582-0337 to engage our services or get more information about our fall prevention and care program.