GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - September 18, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Homewatch CareGivers, an international home care company known for its in-home safety and dementia care expertise, is releasing 10 Tips for Preventing Dementia-Related Falls ahead of World Alzheimer’s Action Day (Sept. 21) and National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (Sept. 22). The guide provides easy-to-follow tips to assist the thousands of American caregivers whose loved ones live with dementia.
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for seniors, with one in three adults over the age of 65 falling every year. Older adults with dementia are up to 60 percent more likely to fall, putting them at a greater risk of sustaining injuries, which can lead to hospitalization and immobility.
“Falls are a major, yet preventable, threat to the independence and health of older adults, especially those living with dementia,” said Jennifer Tucker, vice president at Homewatch CareGivers. “Armed with these falls prevention tips, family members can reduce the risk of falls and make a huge difference in the life of their loved one.”
Seniors are five times more likely to be hospitalized from a fall than from any other cause. Knowing signs, symptoms and prevention strategies can help avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.
“Falls among the elderly can be caused by a variety of risk factors, such as physical weakness, gait and balance deficit, medication side effects and unsafe home environments,” added Dr. Jette Hogenmiller, executive director of quality and outcomes at Homewatch CareGivers. “People with dementia are at an especially high risk of falling due to memory loss, poor judgment and visual misperception, which are often associated with the condition.”
Drawing from its 33 years of experience, Homewatch CareGivers is releasing the following falls prevention tips to help family caregivers care for their loved ones with dementia:
For the complete list, please visit http://www.homewatchcaregivers.com/dementia-care-tips/preventing-dementia-related-falls.aspx
Founded in 1980, Homewatch CareGivers now spans more than 210 franchise locations in six countries that provide caregiver services to aging, disabled or rehabilitating individuals. The Homewatch CareGivers University educates caregivers on the specialized care needs of their clients and creates a higher quality care environment. Homewatch CareGivers also offers professionally developed programs such as Pathways to Memory™, for people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and Chronic Condition Care, a service specifically tailored to the needs of those living with long-lasting ailments. For more information, please visit www.HomewatchCareGivers.com
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