For good reason, many in the geriatric population suffer a fear of falls. According to the International Fall Prevention Institution, falls are the leading cause of injury-related visits to emergency centers in the United States and the primary cause of accidents in persons over the age of 65. For more statistics on falls among older adults, click here.
There are many different ways that an in-home caregiver can work with seniors to reduce the risk of falls, such as:
- Helping seniors maintain diets with sufficient daily calcium intake
- Encouraging regular exercise (i.e., every other day for about 15 minutes daily) designed to increase muscle and bone strength, and to improve balance and flexibility
- Regularly helping to conduct weight-bearing exercises where the feet and legs are bearing weight
- Educating about the common side effects of all medications taken
People of all ages, particularly those in geriatric populations, can take preventative measures to reduce falls which will eventually result in a safer and better quality of life. A Nurse in the Family in Santa Fe offers free in-home safety assessments and resources to help prevent falls. Also offered is advice and guidance for friends and family who serve as caregivers as well as care for individuals who have suffered from a fall. Contact us to learn more about how we can assist.