We can’t afford a reactive response to seniors’ falls. It should be preventive, and here are the reasons why…
We can’t afford a reactive response to seniors’ falls. It should be preventive, and here are the reasons why.
You’ve probably heard of numerous cases of delayed medical treatment across the country in the last year. In many of them, the crucial reason is considerable staff shortages in hospitals.
According to recent data from Hamilton, Ontario, alone, in the week beginning Oct. 10, there were about 1,257 hours lost waiting for hospital staff.
At the same time, the annual report from HPS showed that falls are one of the two leading causes of emergency ambulance calls. Adding on top of those statistics, seniors are much more vulnerable to fatal outcomes of falls, especially in case of delayed treatment.
For those reasons, caregivers should pay close attention to preventive measures to eliminate as many fall risks as possible.
Previously, I dedicated a few posts to the topic of fall prevention. I highly recommend that you scroll down to them to find some practical implications for senior care.
How to help seniors stay active without stretching their physical abilities to the limit?
When discussing sports for the elderly, I often hear many concerns about how it can harm people with weak bones or low muscle density.
The key here is not to push some gym routines or heavy lifting on seniors but to find the type of activities that works in every specific case. Of course, the routine can include gym visits for people who used to exercise or do sports their whole lives. But for others, such activities will neither be suitable nor fun.
First thing first, you should consult with the doctor to establish what kind of workout can be helpful for your senior relative and what their health limits are.
Afterwards, you should listen carefully to what seniors have to say: do they enjoy attending a dance class once a week rather than doing some in-house exercises? What their daily or weekly norm should be? Do they prefer doing sports on their own or want to join some local community?
If you’re looking for some ideas for active leisure for seniors, check out the article below.
Fall prevention is vital to keeping seniors safe, especially when they decide to age in place.
According to the American Geriatrics Society, more than one-third of all adults 65 and older fall each year.
The number of falls increases with age; by 85 years old, over half of adults fall at least once per year. Now, if we consider that the most important risk factor is a previous history of falls, imagine the likelihood of falls among those above 85.
In many cases, physical balance is key to avoiding falling among seniors. Yet it is a complex sensory system that combines information from your eyes, ears, muscles, joints and skin.
For that reason, reducing the risk of falls among older adults requires focusing on the small things, like posture and being aware of how you move. Exercise and regular walks will also help with balance and mobility.
If you suspect a senior loved one is at risk of falling, it may be time to seek professional care. Whether it’s a minor incident or a fall caused by an underlying condition, immediate care is essential.