As many as one out of four aging adults will stumble and fall this year, but less than half may tell their doctor, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This is such a common problem for the elderly that 43 million seniors are given medical care for injuries incurred by falls each year. Over 800,000 elderly adults have to be admitted to the hospital because of a fall annually, often with a head injury or a hip fracture. Medical costs of seniors falling continue to grow as our population ages, now reaching more than $50 billion of medical costs in a year. These numbers will continue to skyrocket unless we can find solutions.
One out of five tumbles by older adult results in serious injury.
Injuries from falling manifest longer hospital stays than other medical admissions.
Out of 10 adults over 85 years who fall, one or more will fracture a hip.
Risk factors for falling can be reduced.
The best thing you can do is reduce risk factors leading to falls in the home. Caregivers can help to keep older adults safer by watching for and eliminating any risk factors in the home environment. Comfort Keepers® caregivers are qualified to evaluate a home environment and recommend changes to lessen falls. An uneven floor, sliding throw rugs, and inadequate lighting are examples of potential risks to avoid. Comfort Keepers® can make suggestions to keep loved ones safe while living independently as they age.
Of course, once an aging adult suffers a fall, they’ll need proper help to aid their recovery. Caregivers can assist in recovery from a recent fall and increase the older adult’s chance to live independently again. We can take the burden off a senior by helping with their most challenging daily tasks. Professional caregivers can also transport adults to medical appointments or planned activities.
If you would like to talk to us about our home care services contact us today! Ask about our free in-home consultation where we come to your loved ones home and assess the care needed to keep them healthy and happy.
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