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.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/hamilton-paramedics-code-zero-triple-1.6625470