A fall can be terrifying, especially if your elderly family member wasn’t exactly jumping to let you know she experienced one. But there are some lessons for both of you after that first fall.
Remember Even a Small Fall Is Serious
Lots of seniors try to downplay a fall, especially a small one, as something that is no big deal. But even a small fall that doesn’t appear to injure your elderly family member is a serious situation. The problem with falling is that falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries in aging adults. Once your senior has fallen a single time, she’s much more likely to experience another fall and she may not be so lucky with that next fall.
Figure out Why She Fell
In order to prevent a second fall you need to figure out why your senior fell this first time. She could have tripped or lost her balance, but there are other potential causes, too. If she’s lost some muscle over the last few years, your aging family member may find it difficult to maintain her balance. Poor eating habits, blood pressure issues, and dehydration can all contribute to falls, too. When you know why she fell, you have a better chance of correcting the problem.
Talk to Her Doctor
Let your senior’s doctor know that she’s fallen and determine what plan you can put in place to keep her from falling again. Her doctor may want to review her medications and offer recommendations such as adding exercise to her routine. These changes are usually ones that need to be made slowly over time, but that helps them to be lasting changes.
Hire Home Care Providers
Home care providers can help you to spot potential safety issues that could lead to another fall. They can also help your elderly family member with her mobility issues and any balance concerns that she has. As your senior regains her confidence, home care services can continue to ensure that she’s safe in her home.
Encourage Your Senior to Be Active
It’s not easy to get back to being more active, especially if your elderly family member has avoided activity for a while. But if she can gradually add a little more activity to every day, she’ll start to see changes to her ability to maintain her balance and retain her muscle.
Just because your elderly family member has fallen once, that doesn’t mean that she’s going to make falling a habit. But you do have to take this one seriously so that you can put plans in place to make another fall far less likely to happen.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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