Increasing Rate of Fall Accidents among Seniors Raises Need for In-Home CareJuly 9, 2018
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the elderly has become increasingly common as the world’s aging population lives longer and longer. The major reason for the increased prevalence of TBIs is the rising rate of fall accidents, especially at home. In the worst case scenario, your elderly loved one might sustain an acute subdural hematoma, which often calls for surgical treatment that most surgeons hesitate to perform, due to the age of the patient. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Why not prevent fall accidents by having a 24-hour caregiver around?
Is your elderly loved one at risk for falling?
The easiest risk factors to eliminate are the environmental risks that you can control. When you visit your parents’ home, look around for possible hazards:
- Loose rugs
- Clutter on the floor or stairs
- Your elderly loved one’s tendency to carry heavy objects up and down the stairs
- Absence of grab bars in the bathroom
- Absence of stair railings
Other risk factors are not so easy to resolve. How much do you know about your elderly loved one’s health condition? Do you know who their doctors are? Are you sure they’re getting the regular medical check-ups they need? Are they the type that avoids medical visits at all costs? Underlying risk factors include muscle weakness in the legs, impaired balance and coordination when walking, sharp drop in blood pressure when getting up from a chair, dizziness when rising, painful feet, slower reflexes, and so on. If you noticed that your elderly loved one is more prone to fall, it is definitely time to think about 24 hour in-home care, even if it starts off as companion care.
About A-1 Home Care
A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency that was established in 1991. We are dedicated to serving you with two hands and a golden heart, and we make sure that our caregivers, certified home health aides, certified nurse assistants and home helpers are thoroughly screened before they are allowed to enter your sanctuary. Your elderly loved ones are protected from predators and shady characters. We include you in the interviewing process, and you won’t have to hire anyone until you meet the right candidate that we select for you. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, so whenever you call, you’ll always be connected to a live operator instead of an automated answering system.
For high quality, low-cost elder care, call A-1 Home Care today (562) 929-8400.