October 18, 2011 // Franchising.com // (October 2011) – One out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year and nearly a third of them will live with discomfort from the fall for the rest of their lives. That’s why Senior Helpers, a leading in-home care provider serving our area, has highly trained caregivers who can help spot danger zones in seniors’ homes and help families make their homes safer.
“Up to 30 percent of those who fall suffer injuries such as hip fractures or head traumas,” says Peter Ross, CEO and co-founder of Senior Helpers. “Those types of injuries not only make it hard for seniors to live independently, but those injuries can sometimes be fatal. Our caregivers are there to provide families with the comfort that someone is watching over their senior loved one and helping make sure they’re living in a safe environment.”
Safety Proofing the Home:
Adding Safety Devices:
Checking Seniors’ Shoes:
Lighting-Up Living Space:
Exercising Regularly – help seniors with activities that increase leg strength and improve balance in seniors, such as Tai Chi.
Taking Seniors For Eye Check-ups – make sure seniors have their eyes checked by a doctor at least once a year and have their eyeglasses updated as needed. A good tip: consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for activities such as walking outside.
Review Medications – have a doctor or pharmacist review medications/prescriptions to let them know what may cause side effects, such as dizziness or drowsiness.
“When seniors fall, they usually develop a fear of falling, even if they’re not injured,” says Ross. “That fear can easily turn into a senior choosing to limit their physical activity which in turn increases their risk of falling again. That’s where our caregivers come in; they help to prevent falls and help seniors cope with fall-related fears they may already have.”
This story affects all seniors and their families in your area. Help us spread the word about Fall Prevention Awareness with our tips to keep seniors safe. We are happy to have our local senior care experts show you how to safety proof your home to protect seniors from falling. We can set-up interviews with local senior experts and families.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mayo Clinic
Senior Helpers connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a nursing or assisted living facility. The company has 300 franchises in 39 states and one in Canada offering a wide range of personal and companion care services to assist seniors living independently with a strong focus on quality of life for the client and peace of mind for their families. Senior Helpers strives to be the leading companion and personal care provider that offers dependable, consistent and affordable home care. For more information, please visit www.seniorhelpers.com.