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Preventing Falls – In-Home Safety Checks and Assessments

Posted by Anne Hein on September 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM

You noticed a bruise on your grandma’s arm. “It was just a little fall,” she says. Maybe she is right, it was a minor incident. But what about the next time? Falls can be serious, sometimes fatal, for older adults. According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Even if someone isn’t hurt when they fall, they may become afraid of falling, which can have a big impact on their life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the fear of falling causes people to limit their activities and cut back on social engagement. When someone is less active, they become weaker, which increases their chances of falling. Research also shows falling just once doubles one’s chances of falling again.

It’s a common belief falls are just a part of aging – that it’s inevitable seniors will fall. That’s not necessarily true because most falls are preventable. Many ComForCare/At Your Side Home Care locations offer free in-home fall safety evaluations and fall risk assessments. Our home safety check evaluates all aspects of someone’s living conditions. A trained professional will look at things such as:

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Safety

Physical Function, Food and Falls

Posted by ComForCare on September 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

You’ve likely heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital takes that concept further by supporting the notion, “You become what you eat.” The study, which compared diet quality and physical function in over 50,000 women, found that those who maintained a healthy diet over the years were less likely to develop problems with physical function as they grew older.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention

Summer Falls and Injuries

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on July 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

For most people, summer is a time to be more active, such as taking a trip to the beach, strolling around town or gardening in the backyard. However, warm weather activities can provide opportunities for unintentional injuries and falls, especially for older adults.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Caregiving

Keeping Safe at Home

Posted by ComForCare on May 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Home should be a place of comfort and safety. As time passes, however, we can become a little too comfortable in those familiar surroundings to recognize emerging safety concerns. For this reason, living safely at home can turn into a challenge for older adults. 

With increasing age, vision and hearing become less acute, balance is less steady and reaction time slows. Household and personal tasks that were once easy and safe to complete can turn into difficult and dangerous activities.

Make Necessary Repairs

Make it a priority to look around your loved one's home for potential safety hazards. Take time to check that all appliances, electrical devices and outlets are in good working order. If necessary, make repairs and replacements. It's important to personally assess the situation. Your loved one may be reluctant to bring any household problems to your attention due to concerns about costs, maintaining personal independence or simply not wanting to make extra work for you. 

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Safety

Hazards of Hoarding: Part 2

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on April 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM

In a previous post, we discussed the clinical definition and dangers of hoarding. If you are not sure if your loved one is a hoarder, WebMD suggests asking yourself these questions:

  • Does your loved one buy multiples of an item because they can’t find the item at home?
  • Are there narrow pathways to navigate through the mountains of possessions?
  • Does the clutter cause arguments or fights within the family?
  • Is your loved one unable to bathe, cook and sleep because of obstructions in and around living spaces
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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Healthy Living

Hazards of Hoarding

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM

While my grandma lived at her home, my mother and I would make it a point to stop by at least once a week to help with the light cleaning, such as dusting and vacuuming. The underlying clutter we mostly left untouched until after my grandmother died. What we found was amazing: a jar full of matches from various establishments, high-heeled shoes she never wore, 10-year-old soup and so on. I know, the situation could have been much worse – she could have been a hoarder.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Healthy Living

What to Do After a Fall

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on February 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Falls and seniors. Falls and seniors. Falls and seniors. You have heard stories about the dangers on every medical TV show and have seen advertisements selling alert buttons. You probably know the statistics: Falls result in more than 2.5 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 734,000 hospitalizations, according to the National Council on Aging.

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Topics: Fall Prevention

Take a Stand to Prevent Falls

Posted by ComForCare on November 4, 2015 at 6:13 AM

Falls are the leading cause for injury for adults 65 and older. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), every 13 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. However, many falls are preventable. In addition to improving your balance to help prevent falls, there are also many ways falls can be prevented, especially with in-home care.

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Topics: Fall Prevention

Improving Your Balance Helps Prevent Falls

Posted by ComForCare on March 27, 2015 at 2:01 PM

Now that spring has arrived you’re probably going to be more active, as well you should be. But even though the ice is finally melting, the increase in physical activity also means the increased likelihood of losing your balance and potentially incurring serious injury. 

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Preventing Slips and Falls in the Elderly Population

Posted by ComForCare on January 19, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Falls are the most common cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thousands of American seniors perish as a result of fall-related injuries every year. Even when slips and falls are non-fatal, injuries such as hip fractures that impair mobility and create costly medical bills may result. It is important to take steps to prevent seniors from sustaining slip and fall injuries, especially during the winter.

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Topics: Fall Prevention

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