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What to do When a Senior Takes a Fall

According to the CDC, millions of older Americans (age 65 and older) experience a fall each year. These falls can result in visits to the emergency room to be treated for various injuries including bruises, head injuries, fractures, and broken bones. Taking a fall can not only cause serious injuries to the body, but it can also pose a great risk to a senior’s sense of security and independence. We have compiled a list of ways to help prevent falls and what to do in the event that you or someone you’re caring for has fallen.

1. Seek immediate medical attention

After a senior has taken a fall, it is important to be examined by a medical professional to determine the cause. While some falls may be due to the environment (weather-related or home-hazards), preexisting health conditions could also be a risk factor. Diagnostic imaging such as an X RAY or CAT Scan can be performed in the emergency room to help rule anything out.

2. Follow up with your primary care physician

According to the CDC more than one in four seniors take a fall each year but less than half of them inform their doctor. It’s important to follow up with your primary care physician so they can look into other risk factors. For example, some medications can make patients feel dizzy or cause them to feel unstable on their feet. Also, vision changes can be a contributing factor for falls in seniors.

3. Modify your living space

Taking precautions around the home can significantly prevent falls. Ask for assistance with obtaining something that is out of reach instead of using a chair or step stool. Adding shower rails and using non-stick bath mats to the tub and shower floor can be great help in the bathroom. Keep extension cords concealed in other areas within the home.

4. Use supportive aids when necessary

Using a can or walker can help stabilize you when getting around inside and outdoors. Exercise also helps strengthen legs and builds balance.

Taking a fall is never easy but Quality of Life Home Health Care and Hospice is here for you. Do you need assistance around your home? We operate in 11 counties in Pennsylvania. Contact us today!

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