If you have a Senior loved one, you probably are familiar with the term “Fall Risk”. By definition, a fall is an event which results in a person coming to rest inadvertently on the ground or floor or other lower level. Anticipated falls may occur when a patient whose score on a falls risk tool indicates she or he is at risk of falls. For seniors, this can be especially dangerous even fatal. Falls do no simply occur out of nowhere and cannot be attributed merely to age. In many cases, one or more risk factors is at play in a fall-risk factors are elements that raise the likely hood or possibility to a medical condition or issue. A-1 Home Care believes in solving problems before they materialize. Proper planning prevents poor performance. Identifying and understanding the risk factors of a fall can stop many scary situations before they even develop.
What are the most common risk factors associated with falling?
The loss of strength in the muscles, notably the legs, is recognized as on the biggest factors of risk with falls. Seniors with decreased muscles strength are at a heightened risk of succumbing to falls. Exercise, walking and stretching regularly are all ways to preserve muscle strength.
The balance in our steps and the manner in our walk are also important factors. There are several factors that may come into play with regards to inhibition of balance. Diminished balance can certainly play into a fall and things like arthritis among other medical conditions (and their treatments) place seniors at a higher risk of a fall.
Not having a handle on your blood pressure can affect many parts of the body. There is a condition known as postural hypotension which drops blood pressure to unsafe levels when rising to a stand from a sit down or lying position. This may be a result of insufficient hydration or medications. This has also been linked to diabetes and Parkinson’s, so if you or your loved one experience any of these symptoms, you should speak immediately with your physician.
Our feet are usually the first part of us that makes contact with the floor, so any issues with that connection can spell trouble for those already at risk of a fall. Footwear that is unsafe or painful can be signs telling you to take precaution. Dressing for safety pertains to our feet as well-dress the part.
It is reasonable to understand that a large number of falls will happen in the home. This is where the majority of one’s time may be spent and is no secret why over 50% of falls do occur in the home. Risks in the home that can be managed include: loose/insecure rugs, clutter that may accumulate on the floor/stairs, transporting objects that may be too heavy for one person by themselves, and a lack of railing along: stairsets, hallways, bathrooms.
A-1 Home Care wants you to know that if you feel your loved one is a fall risk being home along, put your worries to rest! Our expertly trained and compassionate home care professionals are available for 24 hour live in or hourly schedules. We are State Licensed, Bonded and Insured for peace of mind. All of our experienced and diverse senior care givers come with verifiable professional references and CPR certified as well as first aid trained. Call us today at (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800 to learn more!