As a home healthcare service, we at Hometown Home Healthcare in the Marion, Gas City, and surrounding Grant County area are very aware of the risk factor for falls. Many of our clients are at risks for falls. We educate them on ways to avoid the dangers associated with falls. The statistics for falls and the injuries resulting from them can be quite alarming. According to www.learnnotofall.com :
About one third of the elder population over the age of 65 falls each year, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually.
That is an alarming statistic. We should all be aware of its implications. I am quite sure that if you are not that age you have either parents of grandparents that are. If you do not have this situation, you surely have neighbors or friends in that age range.
This is a serious situation as falls are one of the leading causes of death for elderly people. But you do not have to be elderly to fall. A fall can lead to serious injury for any age or any gender. Younger children can be prone to falls and serious consequences can happen for our youngsters as well. All parents should be well aware of dangers that falls can present for their kids.
As one of the leading home healthcare agencies in the Marion and Gas City area, we are very concerned about the safety of our friends and neighbors of all ages. We would like to present some recommendations to both groups the elderly and parents for the younger children. The following are for our elderly friends:
1. A trip to the your doctor to discuss this list
a.The medications you are taking and if they may make you prone to falls
b.If you have fell before and the circumstances for your fall
c.Your current medical condition such as eyes, ears, joint pain, muscle weakness, etc..
2.Physical activity that keeps you moving such as walking, any exercise with slow gentle movements to provide strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility
3.Wear sensible shoes that will prevent you from stumbling or slipping.
Now we would like to present some tips for the youngsters out there and those who watch over them. As a parent or babysitter, there are certain items we must watch for to be the protector of our children:
1.Always be aware of height for your children. Never leave a baby alone on a bed. Use safety straps when the baby is in the high chair. Use safety netting where appropriate.
2.Have handrails on stairs and teach youngster to hold on to them when going up or down.
3.Use safety gates to block a young child from entering into a fall zone.
4.Keep your window secured and guards installed to prevent access from falls
5.Prevent children’s access to slippery or uneven surfaces. Example would be a rubber pad in the bathtub and clean spills in the kitchen as soon as possible.
These are just a few of the recommendations that we would like to make. Please visit Mayo Clinic and Learn Not to Fall on the internet for other preventative measures for fall risks.
As a home healthcare provider in the Marion and Gas City community, we would also like to discuss a product we carry for those that live alone. The Alert 1 – The Medical Alert System, where you can read about on our page, http://www.hometownhomehealthcare.net/alert-1-the-medical-alert-system.html is something every senior who lives alone should have. It provides assurance that should you fall and are unable to help yourself up, you can contact medical assistance right away. Please call Hometown Home Healthcare from Marion, Gas City, or surrounding communities to speak to us about how this can help you live in a more secure environment. We can be reached to 765-674-7177 or go to our contact page and ask us to call you!
We at Hometown Home Healthcare are very interested in providing relevant information with our posts in this blog. We seek comments as to the thoughts and ideas regarding the information we publish. We are very proud to be a part of the Marion, Gas City, and surrounding Grant County community.