June 11, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

syracuse NY older adult, fall prevention

Perhaps you’ve been by a senior loved one’s side at the hospital or doctor’s office and witnessed the medical personnel attaching a brightly colored “FALL RISK” band to his or her wrist. Alerting those providing care to this risk allows extra safety precautions to be taken during medical procedures. But did you know that routine, daily life can pose a fall risk threat to those diagnosed with the following conditions?

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis, a bone density disorder that can also increase a person’s chances of fracturing a hip
  • Vertigo
  • Cerebrovascular insufficiency
  • Neurologic disability (stroke)
  • Postural hypotension (sudden decrease in blood pressure)
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Medications that cause dizziness

According to the CDC, 20–30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries, including fractures or head traumas. Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, which leads to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, and in turn increases their actual risk of falling. The CDC’s recommendations for fall prevention include:

  • Exercising regularly – Tai Chi programs are especially beneficial; or try these easy to-do exercises at home
  • Having a doctor or pharmacist review medications for dizziness/drowsiness interactions
  • Scheduling eye exams at least annually
  • Reducing tripping hazards in the home

At At Home Independent Living, we’re doing all we can each day to reduce fall risks for the seniors in our care. Our award-winning, specially trained Syracuse caregivers utilize professional safety precautions in bathing, transferring, and assisting with walking to keep them safe and secure. For additional tips on preventing falls in the home, or to inquire about our Syracuse elderly care services, contact At Home Independent Living. We begin by providing a free in-home consultation, and then create a customized plan of care that can include any or all of the following types of services:

  • Assistance with personal care needs
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Light housework and laundry
  • Running errands such as picking up prescriptions and groceries
  • Safe transportation to medical appointments or any other desired outings
  • Friendly companionship
  • And much more

Call us at (315) 579-HOME (4663) or contact us online to discover how we can help improve safety and quality of life for your senior loved one with our Syracuse elderly care services!