Most of us know that falling is a common problem as we age and can lead to many injuries and hospitalizations. In fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four Americans over the age of 65 fall every year; falls are the leading cause of fatalities and the most common cause of non-fatal injuries among older Americans; more than 2.8 million fall injuries result in emergency room visits every year. While part of this is a result of aging (loss of mobility and coordination, for example), some of these falls can be prevented.
Angels on Call offers the best home health services, both medical and non-medical in New York. From helping people with light chores to monitoring their medical equipment and medications, our caregivers offer compassionate help wherever you need it the most. Below,we’ll take a look at five things that can contribute to in-home falls and how to correct them. Contact us today to get started!
5 THINGS THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO IN-HOME FALLS
As you age, your eyesight weakens. After age 40, you’ll find it’s harder to focus on objects up close. This is called presbyopia and may require reading glasses. In your 50s, this condition worsens. After age 65, almost half of Americans develop some form of cataracts, which is a clouding of the eye’s lens. Surgery can correct this. Glaucoma also can develop as you age, which is where there is damage to the optic nerve. All of this can cause falls in seniors.
One of the best ways to help prevent falling from impaired vision is to have your eyes checked every year by your ophthalmologist in order to update your prescription lens. You can also choose to have surgery to improve your vision. Also, always turn on the lights at night when you are walking around and use the railings for stairs.
Loss of Balance
Most of us lose our balance at times when we’re walking, or we trip on something. However, we normally catch ourselves before we fall. However, as you age, you can trip more, and you may not be as fast with your reflexes to catch yourself. This can be due to a loss of mobility as well.
In order to counter our natural loss of balance as we age, there are things you can do. One is exercise. Daily exercise will help strengthen your muscles so you won’t trip as much. Doing balance exercises such as yoga will help you to not lose your balance in the first place. Wear shoes that don’t slip on hardwood floors and the like and shoes that fit. You also don’t want to wear heels except on flat surfaces and even then do so sparingly. If you’ve already fallen from a lack of balance, your doctor might suggest a cane or walker to give you that extra support that you need.
Angels on Call in New York notes that home hazards are probably the most common reason you trip in your home. Some of the most common items you can trip on are throw rugs, electrical cords, stairs, shoes, items on the floor, and your pet. In order to minimize these fall hazards, we suggest that you walk through your home and look for fall hazards. Once you notice something, fix it or remove it. While you can’t remove the dog you don’t see at night, you can be cognizant of other hazards. All of your stairwells should have guard rails installed, spills on the floor should be cleaned up, groceries should go up right away, laundry baskets should be stowed, and any other item you might set on the floor.
Although not common, these falls do occur. There are certain medications that have side effects that can affect your balance, coordination, or can make you tired. Some may even cause you to pass out if your blood pressure falls too low. Sometimes, these side effects are exacerbated when medications are inadvertently mixed.
One of the best ways to prevent these types of falls is to enlist the services of a home health care service, such as Angels on Call in New York. We offer medication management services where we can help you manage your medications so this does not happen. We also can help you keep track of any side effects and offer up tips in order to help you make falls less likely. For example, if one medication makes you tired, we can see if that is one you can take at night before bed. Call us today to learn more about how we can help!
Chronic conditions can contribute to falls as well. Examples of these include Parkinson’s disease and heart disease. For these falls, the best prevention is to either partner with local New York caregivers, such as Angels on Call, or wear an alert device in case you do fall and need medical assistance. With our in-home health care services, we can help you to ensure you follow your treatment plan, see your doctor, and notice anything suspicious with regards to your health. Plus, we can also help you with many other activities, such as light housekeeping duties, meal plans, physical therapy, and more. Contact us today to learn more!
CHOOSE ANGELS ON CALL FOR YOUR IN-HOME CARE NEEDS
Almost all of the above fall hazards are due to the aging process, and even with your best efforts, may not be 100% avoidable. However, by partnering with an in-home care provider, you can significantly reduce the chance of a catastrophic fall that could land you in the hospital.
Angels on Call provides the best homecare services in Bronx County, Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, Rockland County and Sullivan County, as well as Westchester and Ulster Counties. Our mission is to support you in your desire to live at home as you age by providing the most reliable and professional caregivers in the industry. We carefully screen our caregivers, all of whom feel called to help those who need a little assistance in order to stay at home. Angels on Call understands that being at home is important. After all, you have all of your things with you, as well as your memories. You can keep your pets and your favorite chair. You can go about your daily life as usual with just a helping hand now and then.
Angels on Call desires to be that helping hand when you need it the most. You won’t find a more dedicated staff. Call today to get started!