September 25, 2012 // Franchising.com // The first day of fall kicks off a Fall Prevention Crusade to warn local families to safety proof their homes to prevent seniors from falling. Falls are the #1 cause of injuries, hospital visits, and deaths among those 65 and older. That’s why Senior Helpers, one of the largest in-home senior care companies in the nation, warns families to safety proof their homes with a “Fall Prevention Checklist.”
“Falls have become a nationwide problem and despite what people may think about the older population…falls are not inevitable. In fact, they’re largely preventable,” says Peter Ross, CEO and co-founder of Senior Helpers, with a local office of highly trained caregivers specializing in dementia and Alzheimer’s care. “Up to 30 percent of those who fall suffer injuries such as hip fractures or head traumas. Our highly trained caregivers can help spot danger zones in and around seniors’ homes and help seniors move around their environment more carefully.”
• 1 out of 3 seniors falls each year.
• In 2008, 19,700 older Americans died from fall related injuries.
• In 2008, 2.1 million older Americans were injured in falls.
(Latest data available)
“When you care for a senior with dementia, you have an added responsibility because dementia puts seniors at the highest risk for wandering which increases chances for falling,” says Ross. The “Fall Prevention Checklist” is one initiative in our dementia and Alzheimer’s program called our Senior Gems® program. We recommend families hire our caregivers because they know how to keep senior loved ones safe while simultaneously encouraging mobility and independence. This takes training and experience.”
This story affects all seniors and their families in your area. Help us spread the word about Fall Prevention Awareness by touring a senior’s home with Senior Helpers experts/caregivers as they point out the most common danger spots.
To learn more about how to care for your senior loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s through the Senior Helpers’ Senior Gems® program, please visit our website at www.seniorhelpers.com. There, you can also request a complimentary Senior Gems DVD.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AgedCarer
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 nearly 300 franchises in 40 states and one Canadian province 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: http://www.seniorhelpers.com/
Senior Gems is a revolutionary program to help family members and professional caregivers properly care for their aging loved ones through each stage of dementia. Teepa Snow began developing her Gem Levels in 2006. In 2011, the Senior Gem program was created with her guidance and assistance. This program puts Senior Helpers at the forefront of individual and in-home dementia-specialized caregiving as they offer all of their in-home companions and caregivers the opportunity to become dementia care certified through the training program.