Approximately one third of the elderly population falls each year, and the risk of falling increases with age. To ensure your loved one’s safety and comfort, it is important to know what to do should such an incident occur. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care Bloomfield families trust, suggest following these safety precautions if your senior loved one falls.
Wait Before Helping Your Loved One Up
Before moving your loved one, allow him or her to stay on the floor to recover from the shock of falling. Also, make sure your loved one is not hurt before attempting to move him or her. Helping a senior up too quickly after a fall could make any existing injuries worse.
Check for Injuries
Always check to see if your loved one can move his or her arms and legs after a fall. You will need to ask if he or she is in any type of pain. Check for any injuries such as bones sticking out, bleeding, and swelling. If your loved one has a head injury, you will need to make sure he or she is conscious and coherent. If not, he or she could have a concussion.
Take Him or Her to a Doctor
Many injuries go undetected for days, some bruises do not appear right away, and bleeding could be internal. A few days may go by after the fall before your loved one begins to feel any discomfort. Even fractures can go undetected, which is why you should take your loved one to the doctor as soon as possible after a fall. Broken bones and other injuries could lead to more severe medical conditions.
After falling, your loved one may be afraid of falling again. Therefore, he or she may restrict movement. This is not healthy for your loved one’s bones, and it limits the physical activity necessary for him or her to remain in good health. You will need to be encouraging and help your loved one regain confidence to move as normal. An hourly or live-in caregiver in Bloomfield can help motivate him or her to overcome the fear of falling.
Certain health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or strokes may increase your loved one’s risk of falling. A caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help keep your loved one safe and prevent these falls. In addition to offering post-stroke and Parkinson’s care in Bloomfield, our caregivers are available 24/7 to assist your loved one with mobility, exercise, and a wide array of daily tasks. For more information, call one of our experienced Care Managers at 248.283.0835 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.