Nov 9, 2016 by Comfort Keepers
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury and death in seniors age 65 and older? Every year, over one third of seniors suffers from a fall. The high frequency of senior falls is due to a variety of medical reasons that come with age, as are the more devastating consequences of falls in seniors than in younger individuals. Muscle weakness, vision loss, osteoporosis, disabilities, loss of balance and coordination, and medication side effects contribute to both the greater risk of falls and the dire effects of falls in seniors. The risk of injury from fall increases with age – the rate of injury almost doubles for adults in their late 70’s and early 80’s compared to those in their late 60’s or early 70’s. The rate nearly doubles again when comparing falls occurring in seniors in their late 70’s and early 80’s with those seniors who are 85+.
Senior falls have financial consequences as well as medical consequences, according to your local home health agency. For example, in 2010, medical costs related to falls in seniors added up to about $30 billion. Falls are also the leading contributor to long term admission into facilities or nursing homes, a costly endeavor for any family.
The elevated cost and risk of falls in seniors means that it is imperative that your local home health agency take every precaution possible to prevent falls. One of the first steps in preventing falls is for seniors to recognize their limited physical capacity and not attempt behavior that may be outside of their abilities. There are also quite a few lifestyle changes that your senior loved one could implement to prevent falls. These include regular exercise, healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake, and using assistive devices like canes or walkers. Some environmental changes that can be implemented in your senior loved one’s life include removing electrical cords running across walkways, cleaning up clutter on the floor, repairing loose floorboards, installing railings and grab bars, and improving light in the home.
At some point, your family may realize that full-time help may be necessary. At this point, your local home health agency in Muskegon, MI can step in and recommend even more changes in your seniors life to limit the risk of falls.
Comfort Keepers of Spring Lake, MI provides care services to seniors in the following areas: Grand Haven, Norton Shores, Muskegon, North Muskegon, Whitehall, Montague, Fruitport and the surrounding areas of Spring Lake, MI.