Falls are the number one cause of injury-related deaths for older adults, with one in four American adults falling every year. 3 million adults over age 65 are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries every year.
Not only do falls threaten an aging person’s safety and independence, but they also generate a financial toll that is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach over $101 billion by 2030.
The Dangers of Falling
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for people over 65 as a result of loss of coordination, mobility, hearing, and vision.
Many aging individuals are living with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, making it difficult for them to maintain their range of motion and physical strength. In addition to the dehydration and dizziness that can accompany the medication for these chronic conditions, this loss of mobility makes a person more susceptible to falling.
The consequences of a fall can range from minor bruises to tears, fractures, and other serious injuries that result in emergency room visits, surgery, and long recovery times.
One out of five falls leads to serious injuries such as broken bones or a head injury, and more than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling.
In addition to physical dangers, falling can cause social isolation, fear of falling again, anxiety, and depression.
Reduce Fall Risk with In-Home Care
There is nothing more challenging than worrying about the health and well-being of your aging family member.
Fortunately, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. There are lifestyle adjustments and safety precautions you can take to keep your loved one safe and reduce their risk of injury.
One of the best ways to reduce fall risk is to rely on professional, non-medical in-home care to ensure that your loved one can age in a comfortable, familiar environment that they know well with the assistance that they need.
A licensed care provider will be able to help them manage their medication, eat a balanced diet, keep their home safe and free of potential risks, and age in a healthier way.
Further steps you can take to reduce the risk of falls include:
- Having open and honest discussions about concerns and current health conditions.
- Working with a doctor to review necessary medication.
- Removing tripping hazards such as rugs and keeping pathways well-lit.
- Taking the HomeSpark Home Safety Assessment.
Assess Your Home
At HomeSpark, keeping your loved ones safe is our top priority. When you determine that in-home care is the best option for your loved one, we provide free onsite visits with a Certified Service Representative to professionally assess the safety of your home and identify any potential hazards.
Download our HomeSpark Home Safety Assessment Brochure to assess your home today!