March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. This is the ideal opportunity for you as a family caregiver to learn more about traumatic brain injuries, their risks, and how you can help to protect your parent from these complications.
Some things that you should know about traumatic brain injuries, also referred to as TBI, include:
- Nearly 2 million people throughout the United States experience a traumatic brain injury
- Nearly 1,400,000 people end up seeking medical treatment in the emergency department due to TBI
- Nearly 300,000 end up experiencing an extended hospitalization as a result of TBI
- Approximately 52,000 people die each year as a result of TBI
- TBI can range from mild to severe, with approximately 75 percent in the mild category, such as concussions
- TBI is considered a contributing factor in more than 30 percent of injury-related deaths
- Seniors over the age of 75 are at the highest risk of suffering TBI and TBI-related death
- Men are at higher risk for suffering TBI
- Falls are the leading cause of TBI-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations
- Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths
- The instance of TBI among elderly adults is increasing. This is particularly true for fall-related TBIs
- This includes a 46 percent increase in emergency room visits
- This includes a 34 percent increase in hospitalizations
- This includes a 27 percent increase in deaths
Reducing fall risk is one of the most important things that can be done to help your parent avoid TBI. Starting elderly care for them can be a highly effective way to reduce this risk. A care provider can provide support and assistance that helps them navigate their home, reduce fall risk when bathing, get up and down steps safely, and other tasks to protect them from falls and other accidents.
If you have been looking for ways to encourage your parent to live to their fullest during their later years, now may be the ideal time for you to start elderly care for them. There is a common misconception that elderly care is only for those who are extremely old or who have extensive and severe needs and limitations. While these people certainly benefit from having elderly care, those who are younger or still maintain function and independence can also benefit largely from the highly personalized services provided by such a care provider. The services of an elderly home care services provider can address your parent's needs while also helping them to stay active, keep their mind sharp and responsive, support health and well-being, and encourage high quality of life and independence as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved one is considering elderly care in Apache Junction, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.