The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions elderly adults and their family caregivers that falls are the leading cause of both non-fatal and fatal injuries to senior adults. Even non-fatal injuries can lead to lingering negative effects that can compromise health, functioning, and quality of life in your parent’s later years. Just understanding the severity of this risk, however, is not enough. You should also be aware that there are many myths and misunderstandings about falls and how they impact elderly adults. It is important that you understand the truth behind these myths so that you can make the best decisions possible for your elderly parent.
Some of the myths and realities about falls and elderly adults include:
• Falls are uncommon. In reality, between 25 and 30 percent of seniors fall each year. This is approximately 12 million people.
• Falling is just part of aging. Falling is not a normal and inevitable part of the aging process. Your parent can address the issues that increase fall risk and avoid these falls.
• Not being active helps avoid falls. Avoiding activity is not the way to avoid falls. In fact, avoiding activity can diminish strength, balance, flexibility, and range of motion, all of which actually increase the chances of experiencing a fall.
• Staying at home will prevent falls. Sticking to the house will not protect your parent from falls. In reality, most falls occur in the home.
• Once lost, flexibility and strength cannot be regained. Your parent is never too old to get stronger, healthier, and more flexible. Starting an exercise program is a fantastic way to improve their health and quality of life, and reduce their risk of falling.
If you have noticed increased challenges in your senior’s life, you are concerned about their well-being or quality of life, or you simply feel that they might benefit from extra attention, now may be the perfect time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can be in the home with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they have access to the highly personalized services that they need, when they need them. This means that their individual needs, challenges, and limitations will be addressed in a way that is right for them, and that you can have greater peace of mind knowing that even when you are not with your parent, they are in good hands. These services can range from providing safe and reliable transportation that encourages independence and ensures their needs are met, to providing physical assistance with personal care tasks such as bathing and eating. Whatever the tasks, they will be designed to promote the best quality of life possible for your loved one.
SOMETIMES A LITTLE HELP AROUND THE HOUSE AND A REGULAR COMPANION CAN BRIGHTEN A SENIOR’S LIFE. IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME HOME CARE SERVICES IN GOODYEAR, AZ, CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY (623) 748-3301.