Fall Prevention: Keep Seniors Safe with Help from Our Tri Valley Home Care Experts



Senior balancing on logs at beach

Hired Hands Homecare shares details on how to keep seniors safe from falls.

You may have at one time been by a senior loved one’s side at the hospital or doctor’s office and noticed the medical worker attaching a colorful “FALL RISK” band to his or her wrist. Notifying those providing care to this possibility allows additional measures to keep seniors safe during medical treatments. However, did you realize that ongoing, everyday life can pose a fall risk danger to those diagnosed with the following conditions?

Arthritis

Osteoporosis, a bone density disorder that can also increase a person’s chances of fracturing a hip

Vertigo

Cerebrovascular insufficiency

Neurologic disability (stroke)

Postural hypotension (sudden decrease in blood pressure)

Diabetes

Thyroid disease

And anyone taking medications that cause dizziness

According to the CDC , 20-30% of those who fall sustain moderate to severe injuries, including fractures or head traumas. Many people who fall, even if they don’t experience an injury, develop a fear of falling. This fear may lead them to limit their activity level, which leads to lowered mobility and loss of physical fitness, and subsequently increases their actual risk of falling. The CDC’s recommendations to reduce risk of falling include:

Exercising on a regular basis – Tai Chi programs are specifically effective

Having a medical professional or pharmacist evaluate medications for dizziness/drowsiness interactions

Schedule eye exams at least yearly

Minimize tripping hazards in the home

At Hired Hands Homecare, we’re doing all we can every single day to minimize fall risks and keep seniors safe. Our fully trained Tri Valley caregivers include professional safety measures in bathing, transferring, and assisting with walking to keep seniors safe and secure. For additional recommendations on preventing falls in the home, or to find out more about our Tri Valley home care services, contact Hired Hands Homecare. Our services always begin with a free in-home consultation, followed by creation of a personalized plan of care that can include any or all of the following types of services:

Assistance with personal care needs

Meal planning and preparation

Light housework and laundry

Running errands such as picking up prescriptions and groceries

Safe transportation to medical appointments or any other desired outings

Friendly companionship

And much more

Call us at 925-621-7650 or contact us online  to learn more about how we can help enhance safety and quality of life for your senior loved one in Marin, Sonoma, Napa counties or the Tri-Valley.





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