Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, millions of adults ages 65 and older fall, which can cause moderate to severe injuries including hip fractures and head trauma. One out of three people ages 65 and older fall each year, but less than half report the fall to their healthcare provider, according to the CDC.
Do you fear your senior parent is at risk of falling at home? If your parent fell, do you think they’d tell you, or even their doctor?
More than one-third of fall-related injuries occur while bathing or showering, while more than 14 percent of these injuries occur while using the toilet, according to 2008 data compiled in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Bathroom safety is crucial for people 65 and older, especially if they already struggle with immobility. NIH Senior Health reports that fall-related risk factors include:
- Muscle weakness, especially in the legs
- Poor balance and difficulty walking, generally linked to lack of exercise, arthritis, neurological complications or other medical conditions
- Postural hypotension (a disorder that causes a drastic drop in blood pressure levels when getting up from lying down or sitting) – postural hypotension can result from dehydration, medication side effects, neurological conditions, etc. and can cause dizziness
- Slow reflexes and reaction times
- Unstable shoes
- Poor vision (cataracts, glaucoma, poor depth perception, etc.) or lighting
- Unfamiliar surroundings
If you fear that your elderly loved one is at risk, share these statistics and your concerns. Falls not only affect your parent’s health and safety, but also affect your parent’s wallet. In 2012, the direct medical costs of falls – adjusted for inflation – were $30 billion, according to the CDC.
Bathroom injuries are caused from a variety of tasks – getting in-and-out of the bathtub or shower, slipping on wet tile and standing up, sitting down and, even overexerting, when using the toilet.
You can help your senior parent avoid the risk of moderate-to-severe falls but, if you’re not able to perform daily welfare checks on your independent parent, how can you be certain that they are safe in their home? That’s where we step in.
We at Synergy HomeCare Corona/Riverside can ensure that your loved one receives all the tools necessary to stay safe, healthy and happy. Our trained caregivers can help your loved one work to prevent falls daily. Your senior parent may need some assistance staying mobile, and we can help them stay independent and reduce the risk of falling by encouraging light exercise, helping them connect with their doctor to review their medications, and assisting them with the coordination of installing shower/bathtub grab bars and stairway railings.
Our caregivers are trained to help your parent bathe and shower safely, and are also trained to provide full assistance with restroom use, all with utmost respect, professionalism and sensitivity to privacy. We can help your loved one reduce their risk of falling. Call Synergy HomeCare Corona/Riverside today.
About SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside
Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is the name you can trust in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar for personal home care. Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. Synergy HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. Synergy HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at http://www.synergyhomecare.com/agencies/ca/corona/ca18/. The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 951-280-9808 and [email protected] .