Older adults often underestimate their ability to avoid falling, says a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The elderly are often unaware of their increased risk until they have fallen for the first time, according to the study, reported in the Medscape Medical News.
This is why caregivers are employed to look after the elderly on a daily basis. A good home care agency will ensure there are none of the many fall-related risk factors in the home. (See our video on the dangers of falling.)
Are you looking for in-home care or a companion for your loved one to minimize their risk of falling?
First Step to Avoid Falling
The first step is to find the right person to care for your loved one. This can be very difficult emotionally. When you were growing up, your Mom or Dad was always the one making sure you were okay. But now that role has shifted.
Your parent, or your loved one thinks they don’t need any help and sometimes they don’t want any help. And yes, they can be stubborn about it.
They’re used to being at home alone, and they prefer it that way. But what is the alternative? What if your loved one falls, hits their head, and gets hurt badly?
Questions About Safety
Other questions may come to mind if they are unsteady on their feet. What will they eat? Who’s going to cook for them? Who’s going to take them to their appointments?
What about their medication? What if they take the wrong dosage?
We would like to offer a Free Consultation to answer some of the questions you may have in regards to IN-HOME Care.