Each year millions of elderly adults experience falls. Hundreds of thousands of these will suffer serious injuries that can result in hospitalization and lingering negative effects that compromise their health, well-being, and quality of life into the future. For those who suffer broken a broken hip, one of the most severe consequences is nearly double the risk of death in the next year. Taking steps to prevent these falls is an important step in keeping your parent safer and healthier as they age in place.
While your parent can be at risk of falling at any time of year, when the fall season rolls around, new risks can present themselves. It is important to understand these risks and take steps to reduce them to help prevent falls.
Use these tips to help prevent falls outdoors during the fall season…
• Keep walkways clear of leaves and other debris that can become slick and cause your parent to slip
• Remove any decorations or lawn implements that may be difficult to see in the grass and lead to tripping and falling
• Check your parent’s porch and steps to ensure that they are in good condition and that the handrails are secure and able to withstand your parent relying on them for balance and support
• Ensure that there is plenty of lighting near the home as well as on the sidewalk and where any vehicles are parked. Keep in mind that the days get shorter during the fall season, meaning your parent is more likely to come home in shadowy or dark conditions after a normal day of errands or activities
Can home care assistance help?
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be challenging and stressful. Fortunately, home care can help. An in-home care provider can be with your parent to fill any care gaps that might exist, ensuring that your senior gets all of the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need to stay as healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy as possible. Through a set of highly personalized
Through a set of highly personalized services, this care provider can help your parent to pursue a lifestyle that is as fulfilling, active, and independent as possible while they age in place, while also helping them to reach their care goals. As a family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that when you are not able to be with your parent, they are still in good hands, getting everything that they need to maintain their quality of life. This enables you to not only focus more on the quality of care that you give your parent but also on the other needs and obligations in your life.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring home health care in Culpeper County, VA, please contact the caring staff at LivinRite Home Care.
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